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cockpit (n.)

1580s, "a pit or enclosed space for fighting cocks," from cock (n.1) + pit (n.1). Used in nautical sense (1706) for midshipmen's compartment below decks; transferred to airplanes (1914) and to racing cars (1930s).

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Definitions of cockpit

cockpit (n.)
compartment where the pilot sits while flying the aircraft;
cockpit (n.)
a pit for cockfights;
cockpit (n.)
seat where the driver sits while driving a racing car;
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