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Meaning of cockpit

cock•pit

Pronunciation: (kok'pit"), [key]
— n.
  1. a space, usually enclosed, in the forward fuselage of an airplane containing the flying controls, instrument panel, and seats for the pilot and copilot or flight crew.
  2. a sunken, open area, generally in the after part of a small vessel, as a yacht, providing space for the pilot, part or all of the crew, or guests.
  3. the space, including the seat and instrumentation, surrounding the driver of an automobile.
  4. a pit or enclosed place for cockfights.
  5. a place where a contest is fought or which has been the scene of many contests or battles.
  6. (formerly) a space below the water line in a warship, occupied by the quarters of the junior officers and used as a dressing station for those wounded in action.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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