cruiser

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cruis·er

noun \ˈkrü-zər\

: a large and fast military ship

: a boat that has room to live on and that is used for pleasure

Full Definition of CRUISER

1
:  a vehicle that cruises: as
a :  squad car
b :  a powerboat with facilities (as a cabin and plumbing) necessary for living aboard —called also cabin cruiser
2
:  a large fast moderately armored and gunned warship
3
:  a person who cruises

First Known Use of CRUISER

1695

cruiser

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Warship built for high speed and great cruising radius, smaller than a battleship but larger than a destroyer. The term originally meant frigates of the sailing era, used to scout for enemy fleets and raid convoys. After 1880, it was a specific type of armoured warship. By World War II, cruisers served mainly as floating bases for amphibious assaults and as protection for aircraft-carrier task forces. Today U.S. cruisers carry surface-to-air missiles vital to a fleet's air-defense screen. Nuclear propulsion has given some cruisers virtually unlimited range.

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