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See also: Cockpit
cockpit (plural cockpits)
- The driver's compartment in a racing car (or, by extension, in a sports car or other automobile). [from 20th c.]
- 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.]
- (now chiefly historical) A pit or other enclosure for cockfighting. [from 16th c.]
- 1719 May 6 (Gregorian calendar), [Daniel Defoe], The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, […], 3rd edition, London: […] W[illiam] Taylor […], published 1719, →OCLC, pages 194–195:
- I obſerv'd a Place where there had been a Fire made, and a Circle dug in the Earth, like a Cockpit, where it is ſuppoſed the Savage Wretches had ſat down to their inhumane Feaſtings upon the Bodies of their Fellow-Creatures.
- 2020 October 28, “Police officer raiding illegal cockfight gets killed by rooster”, in BBC News:
- Cockfighting has been banned during the virus outbreak. Before the pandemic, it was allowed only in licensed cockpits on Sundays and legal holidays, as well as during local fiestas lasting a maximum of three days […]
- (figurative) A site of conflict; a battlefield. [from 16th c.]
- 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Life of Henry the Fift”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act I, prologue]:
- But pardon, and gentles all,
The flat unraised spirits that have dared
On this unworthy scaffold to bring forth
So great an object: can this cockpit hold
The vasty fields of France? or may we cram
Within this wooden O the very casques
That did affright the air at Agincourt?
- 2016, Peter Ackroyd, Revolution, Pan Macmillan, published 2017, page 170:
- India became the cockpit in which it was shown that trade was war carried on under another name.
- (vulgar, slang) The vagina. [from 17th c.]
- 1658, John Eliot, Poems, London: Henry Brome:
- If then the stone, as doctors tell the story, / Be a disease that prove hereditory, / I trust her daughter will have so much wit, / Early to get a cock for her cock-pit; / And rather then be barren; play the whore, / As her great mother hath done heretofore.
- 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, 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: […]
- (Jamaica) 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, 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.
- (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.]
- (nautical) A well, usually near the stern, where the helm is located. [from 18th c.]
- (figurative) An area from where something is controlled or managed; a centre of control. [from 20th c.]
Descendants of cockpit in other languages
space for pilot and crew in an aircraft
compartment for wounded — see sickbay
nautical: well, where the helm is
enclosure for cockfights
cockpit m (plural cockpits)
- “cockpit”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
- “cockpit” in The Bokmål Dictionary.
- “cockpit” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.