Definition of cockpit in English:


Syllabification: cock·pit
Pronunciation: /ˈkäkˌpit


1A compartment for the pilot and sometimes also the crew in an aircraft or spacecraft.
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  • Today, the Air Force involuntarily removes young pilots from the cockpits of manned aircraft for 36 months to ‘fly’ unmanned aerial vehicles.
  • With the proliferation in business aircraft of glass cockpits and automated flight controls, traditional techniques to train professional pilots are inevitably evolving.
  • The aircraft has a glass cockpit and an electronic flight control system.
flight deck, helm, control room;
driver's seat
1.1A compartment for the driver in a racing car.
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  • Strapped into the tight confines of the cockpit the driver has only one means of non-verbal expression - wobbling his head.
  • One lucky fan will be chosen to sit in the cockpit of the dragster while the engine is warmed up.
  • Because there are no timeouts other than a caution period here and there, drivers are strapped into cockpits that are more like saunas for three to four hours.
1.2A sunken area in the after deck of a boat providing space for members of the crew.
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  • Boats stored ashore are especially prone to having pooling water on the deck and cockpit, which can stain the boat.
  • The foredeck, side decks and entire cockpit are molded as one component to avoid joints that can fail.
  • The area aft of the windshield is split between a slightly raised bridge deck and cockpit.
2A place where a battle or other conflict takes place: the cockpit of capitalist conflict in Europe
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  • Refugees are also produced by ‘failed states’ that become cockpits for battling warlords.
  • He is far from the English shires and urban heartlands that have become cockpits of the revolt against the government's plans for university top-up fees.
  • Take this region, the cockpit of so much of world conflict today, as an example.
2.1A place where cockfights are held.
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  • Cock fighting drew crowds to the cockpits on Bootham and elsewhere.


late 16th century (sense 2): from cock1 + pit1. In the early 18th century the term was in nautical use, denoting an area in the aft lower deck of a man-of-war where the wounded were taken, later coming to mean 'the “pit” or well in a sailing yacht from which it was steered'; hence the place housing the controls of other vehicles (sense 1, early 20th century).

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