cock-pit

cockpit

[kok-pit]
noun
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.

Origin:
1580–90; cock1 + pit1

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cockpit (ˈkɒkˌpɪt)
 
n
1.  Compare flight deck the compartment in a small aircraft in which the pilot, crew, and sometimes the passengers sit
2.  the driver's compartment in a racing car
3.  nautical
 a.  an enclosed or recessed area towards the stern of a small vessel from which it is steered
 b.  (formerly) an apartment in a warship used as quarters for junior officers and as a first-aid station during combat
4.  the site of numerous battles or campaigns
5.  an enclosure used for cockfights

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cockpit
1580s, "a pit for fighting cocks." Used in nautical sense (1706) for midshipmen's compartment below decks; transferred to airplanes (1914) and to cars (1930s).
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