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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The Boston Herald reported that police cruisers drove with their lights flashing as his body was transported from the hospital to the medical examiner’s office. Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "Suspect accused of killing Massachusetts cop had 111 prior offenses," 2 Oct. 2018 Moore’s Law allows these computers to replicate the physically much larger set of Aegis computers originally fitted to Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruisers and Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers built in the 80s, 90s, and 2000s. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Navy Is Shrinking the Size of Its Gargantuan 70s-Era Computers," 26 Apr. 2019 The 8 Best Barack Obama Moments of All Time Footage from Fox 25 News showed at least five police cruisers and several officers mulling about the scene. Kaylen Ralph, Teen Vogue, "A Teen Was Arrested for Running From the Cops After Using a Ouija Board in a Cemetery," 13 Aug. 2018 Saulters is seen in his cruiser driving after the suspect, identified as Timmy Patmon, who was wanted on a felony probation warrant and was attempting to escape on foot. Breanna Edwards, The Root, "Georgia Officer Fired After Purposely Hitting Fleeing Black Man With Police Car," 3 June 2018 Toliver took it a step further, following behind in his cruiser to make sure the boy finally got to where he was supposed to be. Carol Robinson,, "Boy reunited with Irondale officer who helped him at bus stop," 16 Feb. 2018 Western cruisers think of cruises as much more than that, as an opportunity to relax and travel. Ezequiel Minaya, WSJ, "For Royal Caribbean, a Good Ground Game Strengthens Sea Legs in China," 19 Feb. 2019 Despite steadily climbing ticket sales and evidently broader appeal, there is a vocal contingent of anti-cruisers. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "The case against cruises," 15 Nov. 2018 Little did the driver know that the car up front was a police cruiser. Victoria Cheyne, Houston Chronicle, "Police officer delivers baby in credit union parking lot," 21 June 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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