cruis·​er | \ˈkrü-zər \

Definition of cruiser 

1 : a vehicle that cruises: such as

a : squad car

b : a powerboat with facilities (such as a cabin and plumbing) necessary for living aboard

called also cabin cruiser

c : beach cruiser … bikes don't come much more basic than cruisers.— Ron Koch

2 : a large fast moderately armored and gunned warship

3 : a person who cruises

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Multiple police cruisers and ambulances were sent to the scene and the Wisconsin State Journal reported FBI agents had also arrived. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "3 injured in Wisconsin office building shooting; suspect killed, official says," 19 Sep. 2018 In May, the governor announced a restructuring within State Police, the addition of GPS tracking to 1,000 cruisers and the elimination of the troubled troop. Matt Stout,, "State Police ‘conspiracy’ could go back years, Baker says," 30 June 2018 Where sales of cruisers and superbikes continue to decline, pockets of Scrambler-style motorcycles and flat-track dirt bike culture are blossoming. Fortune, "Is the Bigger, Beefier Ducati Scrambler 1100 the One for You?," 27 June 2018 The fastest production Jag has that rare balance of being a comfortable highway cruiser and a track beast, capable of hitting 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. Robert Duffer,, "Best rides of 2017," 26 Dec. 2017 The Kuznetsov and its sister ship—which eventually became China’s first aircraft carrier—were built at the Black Sea Shipyard in Mykolaiv, Ukraine, which also built the nuclear cruiser Kirov. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Russian officials: Nope, we can’t finish fixing the carrier Kuznetsov," 9 Nov. 2018 Two security guards stood watch outside the synagogue Saturday, and a Seattle police cruiser rolled past as Weiner spoke with media. Sandi Doughton, The Seattle Times, "After Pittsburgh shooting, Seattle synagogues work ‘to get people through this’," 29 Oct. 2018 The suspect, who has not been identified, exits the vehicle and is handcuffed as more police cruisers arrive. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Mississippi officer fired after dashcam footage appears to show him using stun gun on handcuffed man," 2 Oct. 2018 Of course, months later, to help prune back an overpopulation of destroyers sniping battleships, World of Warships added more cruisers with radar. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "World of Warships dives deep for new players, adding submarines to popular naval combat game," 18 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of cruiser

1695, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of cruiser

: a large and fast military ship

: a boat that has room to live on and that is used for pleasure


cruis·​er | \ˈkrü-zər \

Kids Definition of cruiser

1 : a police car used for patrolling streets and equipped with radio for communicating with headquarters

2 : a warship that is smaller than a battleship

3 : a motorboat equipped for living aboard

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