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

Definition of cruiser

1 : a vehicle that cruises: such as
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

Recent Examples on the Web Protesters smashed windows torched, police cruisers and guard shacks and tossed tear gas canisters and rocks at the officers. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, "Cleveland officials provide no proof that rioters were out-of-towners, no info on 65 arrests downtown," 31 May 2020 Over the next few hours, some in the crowd set police cruisers on fire and threw objects at officers, who fired less-than-lethal weapons at them. Los Angeles Times, "‘Sometimes peaceful is not enough’: L.A. protesters explain why they hit the streets," 31 May 2020 Tires on Phoenix police cruisers were also slashed and the back windows smashed. Andrew Oxford, azcentral, "Phoenix protesters gather for second night of protests over deaths of George Floyd, Dion Johnson," 30 May 2020 At least five police cruisers and five other officers can be seen in police bodycam video. Theresa Waldrop And Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN, "Police tried to stop a black man after they say he rolled through a stop sign. A tense confrontation followed.," 28 May 2020 The police cruiser’s flashing-blue display of a social-distancing message taps into a long-familiar experience of over-policing that has little to do with keeping the neighborhood residents safe. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Spitting on Other People," 26 May 2020 Authorities said Wortman, 51, made his car look like a Royal Canadian Mounted Police cruiser allowing him to travel easily within a 30-mile area around Portapique, where the rampage began. Rob Gillies,, "Canadian police say 22 victims after rampage in Nova Scotia," 21 Apr. 2020 An annual spring festival at one of the nation’s premier motorsports tracks, Lone Star Nationals features more than 2,000 street rods, muscle cars, classic cruisers and trick trucks all in one Texas-size venue. Shannon Sutlief, Dallas News, "11 fun things to do the week of March 13-19 in Dallas-Fort Worth," 12 Mar. 2020 A dozen or so cars were in the parking lot of the funeral home shortly after 9 a.m., while a lineup of Detroit Police Department cruisers idled on the street nearby. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Mourners at Detroit funeral home pay respects to Michigan's youngest COVID-19 victim," 29 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of cruiser

1695, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of cruiser was in 1695

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“Cruiser.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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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