cruis·​er | \ ˈkrü-zər How to pronounce cruiser (audio) \

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

Examples of cruiser in a Sentence

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No injuries were reported in the Saturday night incident, in which police say a man threw the lit firework at the marked patrol cruiser in Forestville. Clarence Williams, Washington Post, "Prince George’s police say man threw lit firework at cruiser," 4 July 2019 Moments later, however, the driver’s door opened, Rivera looked back and then started the vehicle and backed into the cruiser, shoving it back several feet, Litwin said. Jesse Leavenworth,, "Police: After chase, man rammed East Hartford cruiser," 24 June 2019 At that time an RV traveling north collided with the cruiser. Ken Brown, Multimedia Journalist,, "Lebanon police cite own officer after collision en route to fire," 15 June 2018 However, the truck failed to stop for the officer’s cruiser despite the use of flashing lights and a siren. Bruce Geiselman,, "Police use spike strip to end car chase: North Olmsted Police Blotter," 29 June 2019 He was handcuffed and placed into a police cruiser for transport to the Birmingham City Jail. Carol Robinson |,, "Shots fired in the air near police during domestic disturbance in east Birmingham," 24 June 2019 The impact pushed Sawicki’s cruiser into the vehicle in front of him, police said. Emily Brindley,, "State trooper seriously injured in Fairfield crash," 16 June 2019 The footage shows Saulters swerve towards Patmon, who then darts across the street behind the officer’s cruiser. Tim Stelloh /, NBC News, "Georgia officer fired after body camera shows him ram fleeing suspect," 3 June 2018 The bikes are a cross between a cruiser bike and a moped. Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "Sacramento's new candy-red rental bikes are hot. Here's what you should know about them," 31 May 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 How to pronounce cruiser (audio) \

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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