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

On top of that, the little Kona EV also sported a rather nifty Smart Regeneration System that uses the car's cruise control radar to maximize energy recuperation when following other cars. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Hyundai finally gives us a price for the 2019 Kona EV—$29,995," 14 Dec. 2018 But with a 17-point fourth-quarter lead, the Rockets shifted to cruise control early while the Blazers cleared their bench. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "Chris Paul rolls, leads Rockets past Trail Blazers with late bucket," 5 Apr. 2018 Unlike other most other cars with adaptive cruise control, there is just one button for cruise control. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Review: GMC Terrain gives you the ride you want—at a price," 23 Dec. 2018 In May, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles recalled more than five million vehicles in North America to fix a software glitch that could prevent drivers from turning off their cruise control to reduce their speed. Mike Colias, WSJ, "GM Recalls One Million Pickups and SUVs in U.S. for Crash Risk," 13 Sep. 2018 This unique scenario can prevent cruise control from being disabled through the use of the brakes or the engagement/disengagement button. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Fiat Chrysler Recalls 4.8 Million Vehicles Over Terrifying Cruise Control Flaw," 25 May 2018 Do not use cruise control or other control devices. Dug Begley, Houston Chronicle, "Tips for driving on icy roads from people who know," 16 Jan. 2018 The Society of American Engineers has a ranking system for self driving cars, with SAE Level 1 referring to systems such as basic cruise control, while Levels 4 and 5 refer to vehicles that need little to no human oversight. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, "Musk tells fans 'full self driving' Teslas are near, as investigators dig into Autopilot accidents," 11 June 2018 The truck is also being equipped with a new low-speed cruise control system Ford calls Trail Control that operates between 1 and 20 mph using the brakes and throttle to maintain a speed while a driver focuses on steering through challenging terrain. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "2019 Ford F-150 Raptor getting new high tech tricks," 24 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'cruise control.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of cruise control

1960, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about cruise control

Statistics for cruise control

Last Updated

6 Apr 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for cruise control

The first known use of cruise control was in 1960

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for cruise control

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

Comments on cruise control

What made you want to look up cruise control? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


likely to have or produce good results

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Latin Quiz

  • roman forum
  • Which of the following months comes from a Latin word for “ten”?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!