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

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The hosts came into their final game in cruise control, looking to end their campaign with maximum points and take as much momentum with them into the last 16 as possible., "Women's World Cup Roundup: Germany Thrash South Africa & France Win in Controversial Fashion," 17 June 2019 Once the tone was set and the Patriots had the slightest bit of momentum, Cook was in cruise control, and allowed just five base runners over the next six innings. Shawn Mcfarland,, "Class S baseball: Matt Cook’s complete game shutout leads Coventry past Shepaug Valley 3-0," 8 June 2019 Your authority and need to be in control at home goes into cruise control. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What April’s Libra Horoscope Means for You," 31 Mar. 2019 Be reminded that this car doesn’t have the conveniences of your other Ferraris: no glove box, no smart door handles, no fluffy leather seats, no carpets and an impossible-to-find cruise control. Dan Neil, WSJ, "I Drove a Screaming Fast Ferrari Among Ordinary Cars," 21 Feb. 2019 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

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First Known Use of cruise control

1960, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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