- 1A compartment for the pilot and sometimes also the crew in an aircraft or spacecraft.More example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1A compartment for the driver in a racing car.More example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- 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 EuropeMore example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- 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).