cruise control


Definition of cruise control

1 : an electronic device in a vehicle that controls the throttle so as to maintain a constant speed
2 : a relaxed and seemingly automatic pace that is easily maintained

Examples of cruise control in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That’s quite a fancy feature for a cruise control, however. Brad Templeton, Forbes, "Fatal Texas Tesla Crash Becomes Locked Room Murder Mystery With New Tesla Statements," 28 Apr. 2021 With 27 wins by double digits this season, the Clippers most often have hit the fourth quarter in cruise control rather than worrying about clutch efficiency. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, "Paul George scores 33 as Clippers rally to beat Trail Blazers," 20 Apr. 2021 Since the cruise control kicked in a little bit early, the girls basketball team from St. Vincent-St. Joe Magill, cleveland, "St. Vincent-St. Mary mounts winning rally, nips Rocky River 43-42 in Div. II girls basketball sectional final," 20 Feb. 2021 This even means that some advanced safety features — such as smart cruise control and blind-spot detection — will be included on rental cars. cleveland, "Can you still buy a used rental car at a bargain?," 17 Apr. 2021 Playing the second game of a back-to-back against a Rockets team that at times more closely resembles a G League squad than actual NBA competition, LeVert found the extra gear to push when the Pacers could've stayed in cruise control. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, "Confident Caris LeVert shows why Pacers teammates trust him down the stretch," 14 Apr. 2021 Arkansas appeared to be in cruise control with a five-run second inning and a six-run third. Matt Jones, Arkansas Online, "Arkansas wins 18-14 in Sunday thriller at Ole Miss," 11 Apr. 2021 Walker missed only one of his 10 shots on his way to a career-best 24 points, and D’Shawn Schwartz (18 points) made four of his five 3s in the first half to put Colorado into cruise control., "Colorado uses 3s to dismiss Georgetown," 20 Mar. 2021 Walker missed only one of his 10 shots on his way to a career-best 24 points, and D’Shawn Schwartz (18 points) made four of his five 3s in the first half to put Colorado into cruise control. Eddie Pells, ajc, "Hoyas history; Colorado uses 3s to dismiss Georgetown 96-73," 20 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of cruise control

1960, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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4 May 2021

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“Cruise control.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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cruise control


English Language Learners Definition of cruise control

: a device in a vehicle that a driver turns on to make the vehicle continue at whatever speed the driver has chosen
: a relaxed pace that does not require a lot of effort

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