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

Examples of cruiser in a Sentence

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An officer left his cruiser to chase Bethea on foot and quickly took him into custody. Elise Takahama,, "Brockton man arrested after home invasion and foot pursuit in Canton," 14 July 2018 The Apopka Police Department released video of a K-9 officer putting equipment into his cruiser Tuesday night. Monique O. Madan, miamiherald, "Video: Lightning strikes right behind Florida police officer," 28 June 2018 The canine officer appeared to be putting equipment into his cruiser around 8: 30 p.m. when the bolt struck, causing him to scurry inside his car. David Harris,, "Watch the moment a lightning strike hit Apopka police headquarters, putting scare into officer," 27 June 2018 In the end, Kovach managed to get his daughter, who had been hiding in the Pontiac, into the back of his cruiser. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Washington Post, "‘You’re going to jail’: Officer fired for abuse of power after pulling over daughter’s boyfriend," 24 June 2018 The encounter ended with Sergeant French shooting Mr. Thevenin after the officer became pinned between his cruiser and Mr. Thevenin’s vehicle. New York Times, "Charges Dismissed Against District Attorney in Police Shooting Inquiry," 13 June 2018 First came the Broward County Sheriff's Office to repossess his police cruiser and his badge. Author: Eli Saslow, Anchorage Daily News, "‘It was my job, and I didn’t find him’: Stoneman Douglas resource officer remains haunted by massacre," 4 June 2018 First came the Broward County Sheriff's Office to repossess his police cruiser and his badge. The Washington Post,, "'It was my job, and I didn't find him': Stoneman Douglas resource officer remains haunted by massacre," 4 June 2018 Out for a Wednesday night cruise on his white express cruiser, John Schuster saw a woman in the Chicago River. Hannah Leone,, "Passerby rescues woman who fell from boat into Chicago River," 17 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 \

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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