cruise control

noun

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 The change caused the vehicle to read the limit as 85 miles per hour, and its cruise control system automatically accelerated, according to research released by McAfee on Wednesday. Ryan Beene, Bloomberg.com, "Electrical Tape on Sign Fooled a Tesla Into Speeding in Test," 13 May 2020 That caused the vehicle's cruise control system to automatically accelerate, according to McAfee. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Tesla tricked into speeding by researchers using electrical tape," 19 Feb. 2020 Promising a cruise control system that can learn your driving style, and aircraft-style noise cancellation to quiet road noise, Genesis unveiled the U.S. version of its first SUV on Tuesday to a room packed with dealers. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "This new luxury SUV from Genesis can learn your driving style and mimic it," 29 Jan. 2020 Naturally, there are no memory power seats, trip computers, or even cruise control. Csaba Csere, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1994 Land Rover Defender 90," 24 Mar. 2020 To avoid this, turn off cruise control when driving on wet roads and especially when going through puddles. Ethan May, Indianapolis Star, "Do not drive through standing water. If you have to, here's how.," 10 Jan. 2020 At the time, Huang was using Autopilot, Tesla's partial self-driving system which features cruise control and lanekeeping assistance technology. Matt Mcfarland, CNN, "Tesla and regulators need to do more to prevent Autopilot deaths, safety agency says," 25 Feb. 2020 Some players know their talent allows for a bit of cruise control, and Wiggins appears to be one of them. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "What’s ahead for the Warriors? Good question," 12 Feb. 2020 Advanced technology extends to safety, too, including a steering intervention that was added to active cruise control. Barry Spyker, chicagotribune.com, "Audi A7 a study in advanced (mind-blowing) technology," 15 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of cruise control

1960, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 May 2020

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“Cruise control.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cruise%20control. Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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cruise control

noun

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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