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 Standard Si fare includes power mirrors and a sunroof, cruise control, and an especially intricate fold-out cupholder. Kevin Smith, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1992 Honda Civic Si Hatchback Hits All the Right Marks," 5 June 2020 Plus cruise control, a tilting steering wheel, and an uncomplicated system that flips the back seats flat to the floor. Steve Spence, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1997 Honda CR-V Launches Honda into the SUV Race," 9 June 2020 Depending on the year, the feature is engaged either with a smartphone app or by manually inputting a code using the cruise controls buttons on the steering wheel then exiting the vehicle. Fox News, "Ford's cop cars can now kill coronavirus with extreme heat," 27 May 2020 Over the past 90 years or so, Battelle has been instrumental in developing such prominent technologies as the Xerox machine, cruise control, and CD-ROMs, along with numerous medical devices. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "BCI system gives paralyzed man back his sense of touch with haptic feedback," 24 Apr. 2020 This new feature works when using Autopilot cruise control, either with or without the active steering turned on. Dave Vanderwerp, Car and Driver, "Tesla Update Includes Automatic Slowing for Stop Signs, Lights (Even Green Ones)," 30 Apr. 2020 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,, "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

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First Known Use of cruise control

1960, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Jun 2020

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“Cruise control.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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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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