cockpit

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From cock +‎ pit.

Noun[edit]

cockpit (plural cockpits)

  1. (now chiefly historical) A pit or other enclosure for cockfighting. [from 16th c.]
  2. (figuratively) A site of conflict; a battlefield. [from 16th c.]
    • 2016, Peter Ackroyd, Revolution, Pan Macmillan 2017, p. 170:
      India became the cockpit in which it was shown that trade was war carried on under another name.
  3. (vulgar, slang) The vagina. [from 17th c.]
    • 1749, [John Cleland], “[Letter the Second]”, in Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure [Fanny Hill], volume II, London: [] G. Fenton [i.e., Fenton and Ralph Griffiths] [], OCLC 731622352, page 191:
      [] ſo that her thighs duly diſclod'd, and elevated, laid open all the outward proſpect of the treaſury of love: the roſe-lipt ouverture preſenting the cock-pit ſo fair, that it was not in nature even for a natural to miſs it: []
  4. (Jamaican) A valley surrounded by steep forested slopes. [from 17th c.]
    • 1803, R. C. Dallas, Esq., The History of the Maroons: [] , volume 1, London: T. N. Longman and O. Rees, OCLC 1042055052, page 39:
      The grand object of a Maroon chief in war was to take a ſtation in ſome glen, or, as it is called in the Weſt Indies, Cockpit, encloſed by rocks and mountains nearly perpendicular, and to which the only practicable entrance is by a very narrow defile.
  5. (nautical, now historical) The area set aside for junior officers including the ship's surgeon on a man-of-war, where the wounded were treated; the sickbay. [from 17th c.]
  6. (nautical) A well, usually near the stern, where the helm is located. [from 18th c.]
  7. The driver's compartment in a racing car (or, by extension, in a sports car or other automobile). [from 20th c.]
  8. The compartment in an aircraft in which the pilot sits and from where the craft is controlled; an analogous area in a spacecraft. [from 20th c.]
    • 1984 September 3, “Aces High”, in Powerslave, performed by Iron Maiden:
      Jump in the cockpit and start up the engines / Remove all the wheel blocks, there's no time to waste
  9. (figuratively) An area from where something is controlled or managed; a centre of control. [from 20th c.]

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English cockpit.

Noun[edit]

cockpit m (plural cockpits)

  1. cockpit

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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English cockpit.

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cockpit m (definite singular cockpiten, indefinite plural cockpiter, definite plural cockpitene)

  1. (aviation, nautical) a cockpit (of an aircraft or boat)

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English cockpit.

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cockpit m (definite singular cockpiten, indefinite plural cockpitar, definite plural cockpitane)

  1. (aviation, nautical) a cockpit (of an aircraft or boat)

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