• WordNet 3.6
    • n cockpit compartment where the pilot sits while flying the aircraft
    • n cockpit seat where the driver sits while driving a racing car
    • n cockpit a pit for cockfights
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cockpit A pit, or inclosed area, for cockfights. "Henry the Eighth had built . . . a cockpit ."
    • Cockpit In airplanes or boats, the space where the pilot or operator sits to control the vehicle. In airplanes it is usually in the front of the fuselage. In larger airplanes it may be closed off from the cabin, where the passengers travel.
    • Cockpit (Naut) In yachts and other small vessels, a space lower than the rest of the deck, which affords easy access to the cabin.
    • Cockpit (Naut) That part of a war vessel appropriated to the wounded during an engagement.
    • Cockpit The Privy Council room at Westminster; -- so called because built on the site of the cockpit of Whitehall palace.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cockpit A pit or inclosed place used for cock-fighting.
    • n cockpit Formerly, an apartment under the lower gun-deck of a ship of war, forming quarters for junior officers, and during a battle devoted to the surgeon and his assistants and patients.
    • n cockpit A room in Westminster in which the English Privy Council hold their sittings: so called from its occupation of the site of the former cockpit of the palace at Whitehall.
    • n cockpit The pit or area of a theater.
    • n cockpit A place which is or has been the scene of many contests or battles: as, an ecclesiastical cockpit; “Belgium, … the cockpit of Europe,”
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Cockpit a pit or enclosed space where game-cocks fought: a room in a ship-of-war for the wounded during an action
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. coc; Ice. kokkr.


In literature:

The pilot's tiny enclosed cockpit was thus surrounded by engines.
"Astounding Stories, February, 1931" by Various
I seized the starting crank and Charlie sprang into the cockpit.
"Astounding Stories, March, 1931" by Various
In reality, a cockpit is a house of play.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 - Volume 40 of 55" by Francisco Colin
Evelyn clung to the filigree side of the cockpit.
"The Fifth-Dimension Tube" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
The phone rang in his ears as he opened the cockpit.
"Waste Not, Want" by Dave Dryfoos
Ray was poking about in the snow in the cockpits.
"Astounding Stories, April, 1931" by Various
The latter was vigorously swabbing the cockpit when Woolfolk appeared, but he paused.
"Wild Oranges" by Joseph Hergesheimer
I hurried to her and sprang into the cockpit.
"Astounding Stories, May, 1931" by Various
They left us then, and again we settled about the cockpit; each waiting for one of the others to begin.
"Wings of the Wind" by Credo Harris
The German was slow and Larkin poured a stream of lead into the cockpit.
"Aces Up" by Covington Clarke
Tommy shot from the cockpit.
"Captain Pott's Minister" by Francis L. Cooper
Two more of his kind appeared to tear away the ruins of the cockpit.
"The People of the Crater" by Andrew North
A fur-clad figure emerged from the enclosed cockpit and climbed a low ridge into the wan sunlight above.
"Astounding Stories, July, 1931" by Various
Near the church is an ancient cockpit.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 2" by Various
He paused waist-deep to lean over the side and inspect the cockpit; the survey drew from him an expression of approval.
"The Destroying Angel" by Louis Joseph Vance
Before either of the dead Germans had hit the ground the two air aces had whirled and had thrown themselves into the Messerschmitt's cockpit.
"Dave Dawson at Casablanca" by Robert Sydney Bowen
He stood in a little cockpit amidships, where, for the moment, there were no flames.
"Dick Hamilton's Fortune" by Howard R. Garis
He squirmed out of the cockpit and dived.
"A Yankee Flier with the R.A.F." by Rutherford G. Montgomery
He reached the plane a dozen steps ahead of the English boy, and practically leaped into the pilot's cockpit forward.
"Dave Dawson at Dunkirk" by Robert Sydney Bowen
All the good qualities of human nature were not reserved for the cockpit or the steerage, or whatever it is.
"The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly" by Charles James Lever

In poetry:

You are carried in a basket,
Like a carcase from the shambles,
To the theatre, a cockpit
Where they stretch you on a table.
"Operation" by William Ernest Henley
He civilly came to the Cockpit one night,
And proferred his service to fair Madam Knight.
Quoth she, 'I intrigue with Captain Cazzo;
Your nose in mine arse, good Signior Dildo.'
"Signior Dildo" by Lord John Wilmot
The Countess o' th' Cockpit (who knows not her name?
She's famous in story for a killing dame),
When all her old lovers forsake her, I trow,
She'll then be contented with Signior Dildo.
"Signior Dildo" by Lord John Wilmot
To the cockpit in silence they carried him past,
And sad were the looks that were after him cast;
His face with a kerchief he tried to conceal,
But we knew him too well from the truck to the keel.
"The Quarter-Gunner's Yarn" by Sir Henry Newbolt
Then to the Cockpit the great Admiral was carried down,
And in the midst of the dying, he never once did frown;
Nor he didn't shake with fear, nor yet did he mourne,
But patiently sat down to wait his own turn.
"The Battle Of The Nile" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

A Carson City pilot made an emergency landing at the Reno Championship Air Races when his cockpit filled with smoke.
A UPS plane en route to Houston has made a safe emergency landing in Kentucky after a report of smoke in the cockpit.
Paul Sakuma/AP file photo The captain of a JetBlue plane originating from New York City yelled about a bomb and had to be locked out of the cockpit and restrained today as the flight was diverted to Texas, according to passengers.
It says pilots learned of the failure from an alert in the cockpit.
Overall, ASU has performed more than 500 night-vision goggle (NVG) cockpit modifications on a wide variety of helicopter makes and models.
Like a pilot who is so busy looking at the cockpit instruments that he doesn't look up to see the mountain looming in front of him, I have a bad habit of following my rental car GPS wherever it takes me.
Portions of the cockpit were dangling inside the building, while the tail end fell to the outside between two hangars , Metzig said.
Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger's cockpit when the US Airways jet was sent last summer to the Carolinas Aviation Museum in Charlotte.
Witnesses say the men disassembled a crutch rod and used it to try to break into the cockpit.
Alaska Airlines captains Randy Kleiger and Stephen Lenley in the cockpit of an Alaska Airlines jet at LAX, with their iPads.
CNN — The JetBlue pilot who was locked out of his cockpit and tackled by passengers after an apparent in-flight meltdown seven months ago will be freed.
NextGen Cockpit/IP II flight deck.
Funny how just 10 cm can make the difference between unlocking the cockpit door and causing a 737 to roll and drop 1,900 meters in 30 seconds.
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0Plane makes emergency landing as cockpit fills with smoke.

In science:

There are ma jor internal flows, with heat addition (water, oil, and brake cooling), an air intake, hot gas injection, and a large open cavity (the cockpit).
Explanation and discovery in aerodynamics
The vision is an integration of systems that comprise test case management, development (project) planning, test scheduling, staff assignment, time control, task management, controlling and even a management cockpit.
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