Meaning of cockpit in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkɒkpɪt/

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  • 1A compartment for the pilot, and sometimes also the crew, in an aircraft or spacecraft.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘The hijackers then pistol-whipped the flight crew inside the cockpit and ordered the pilot to fly to Algiers.’
    • ‘Scientists are looking at advanced voice control aspects of the cockpit, where a pilot will simply tell the aircraft what to do.’
    • ‘A pilot can obtain clearance on a screen in the cockpit before calling ground control to get taxi instructions for takeoff.’
    • ‘I was helplessly trapped in the cockpit with the aircraft lying on its starboard side.’
    • ‘That's when someone opened the escape hatch on top of the aircraft in the cockpit, he said.’
    • ‘All cockpits can accommodate two pilots, one flight engineer, one observer and one instructor.’
    • ‘He could be working inside the cockpit, the crew compartment or outside checking the tire temperatures after a brake test.’
    • ‘In an airplane cockpit, pilots and crew have precise standard checks to protect the lives on-board.’
    • ‘In-flight refuelling gear is installed in the top centre line of the aircraft behind the cockpit.’
    • ‘One of the museum's main attractions is the cockpit of a Sabre aircraft.’
    • ‘There was more discussion in the cockpit about which aircraft made it in and which didn't.’
    • ‘A man was in custody yesterday after being restrained by a flight crew when he approached the cockpit of an aircraft.’
    • ‘The camera would be positioned in the passenger compartment and its image viewed by pilots in the cockpit on an LCD.’
    • ‘We always had one or more qualified pilots in cockpits.’
    • ‘The pilot and gunner cockpits are in a stepped tandem configuration.’
    • ‘First, think about physical flow patterns and priorities in the cockpit, beginning with pilot actions.’
    • ‘On a flight a while back I was able to listen to the pilots in the cockpit.’
    1. 1.1The driver's compartment in a racing car.
      ‘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.’
      • ‘Quite often drivers show up and get in the cockpit and don't have an appreciation really for what the owner is going through.’
      • ‘Each team, and often each driver, has a cockpit specifically designed to suit certain needs.’
      • ‘For the driver the cockpit needs a bit of getting used to.’
      • ‘The cockpit is far more than just the place the driver sits and drives.’
      • ‘The Italian driver also relies on a guardian angel in his cockpit.’
      • ‘A substantial chassis beam protects heavy items from moving forwards into the cockpit.’
      • ‘We have an inlet duct on top of the chassis to let some air into the cockpit.’
      • ‘The driver has returned to the cockpit this weekend after missing two races with a shoulder injury.’
      • ‘Instantly the whole cockpit just filled up with smoke, and I just tried to stop as fast as possible and get out.’
      • ‘In the beginning of the race, the car just slid too much, so I was changing things in the cockpit that I have never done before with weight jackers and a lot of things.’
      • ‘You've been to Le Mans before, but this time you'll be in the cockpit.’
      • ‘This time, we broke a fuel line and fuel got inside the cockpit with me.’
      • ‘The car looked faultless over that distance, but what was it like in the cockpit?’
      • ‘I did what I could to work on the handling from the cockpit, without much luck.’
      • ‘It wasn't without difficulty though, as my gear-shift lights in the cockpit failed.’
      • ‘You just have to react as quickly as possible, and protect yourself in the cockpit.’
      • ‘Chase's short, compact body fit perfectly into the cockpits of most vehicles.’
    2. 1.2A space for the helmsman in some small yachts.
      • ‘The Challenger's centre hull has a cockpit with a sailor seat, making it possible to sail without moving around.’
  • 2A place where cockfights are held.

    • ‘Cock fighting drew crowds to the cockpits on Bootham and elsewhere.’
    1. 2.1A place where a battle or other conflict takes place.
      ‘most conventional army training takes place on the cockpit of Salisbury Plain’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He institutionalised the killing of captives before world leaders could make the country a cockpit of the cold war.’


Late 16th century (in cockpit (sense 2)): from cock+ pit. cockpit (sense 1) dates from the early 20th century and derives from an early 18th-century nautical term 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 from which a yacht is steered’; hence the place housing the controls of other vehicles.