cruise

verb
\ ˈkrüz How to pronounce cruise (audio) \
cruised; cruising

Definition of cruise

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to sail about touching at a series of ports
2 : to move or proceed speedily, smoothly, or effortlessly I'll cruise over to her house to see if she's home
3 : to travel without destination or purpose
4a : to go about the streets at random but on the lookout for possible developments the cabdriver cruised for an hour before being hailed
b : to search (as in public places) for a sexual partner
5a of an airplane : to fly at the most efficient operating speed
b of an automobile : to travel at a speed suitable for being maintained for a long distance

transitive verb

1 : to cruise over or about
2 : to inspect (land) with reference to possible lumber yield
3a : to search in (a public place) for a sexual partner
b : to approach and suggest sexual relations to
4 : to explore or search the offerings of especially : surf cruise the Internet

cruise

noun

Definition of cruise (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act or an instance of cruising especially : a tour by ship

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Examples of cruise in a Sentence

Verb

We cruised for a week down the Yangtze River. He dreams of cruising the Mediterranean. The bus was cruising at 55 miles per hour. We were cruising along the highway. The plane was cruising at 30,000 feet. On Friday nights, teenagers cruise the main street in town to show off their cars. A car cruised past us.

Noun

We went on a weeklong cruise down the Yangtze River. They went on a cruise for their honeymoon.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In Nevada, the initiative has faced little opposition and cruised to victory. David Roberts, Vox, "Fossil fuel money crushed clean energy ballot initiatives across the country," 7 Nov. 2018 These improvements helped reduce the likelihood and severity of a fire, but in 1998 Swiss Air Flight 111, an MD-11 cruising from New York to Geneva, experienced an electrical fire that spread into the insulation overhead. John Cox, USA TODAY, "Accidents that changed aviation: Controlling in-flight fires," 10 June 2018 Some go even beyond that: Continuum 115 in Mooresville has a boat for residents to check out and cruise on Lake Norman. Ely Portillo And Hannah Lang, charlotteobserver, "There's an 'arms race' to lure renters, and it now involves pet spas and beer gardens," 13 June 2018 Two incumbent Sacramento City Council members cruised to re-election on Tuesday night and a third appeared to be headed for another term as well. Ryan Lillis, sacbee, "Sacramento City Council: Ashby, Jennings win re-election. Schenirer takes big lead," 5 June 2018 The luxury car, whose new models can carry a six-figure price tag, was cruising south on the freeway just after 12 a.m. Tuesday when the accident occurred, Oregon State Police said. Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, OregonLive.com, "Drunken Ferrari driver wrecks new ride on I-5, Oregon State Police say," 30 May 2018 Robinson's uncle cruised nearby on a motorcycle blasting gospel and R&B. Mardi Gras Indians danced and beat drums. Hanna Krueger, NOLA.com, "Hundreds gather to celebrate the life of Keeven Robinson, who died in JPSO custody," 19 May 2018 The event will include closing part of the downtown area where there will be cruising on La Mesa Boulevard — from Fourth Street to Acacia Avenue. Karen Pearlman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "With new start time, car shows heading back to La Mesa village," 14 May 2018 Best time to visit: April and May, when the gray whales are cruising by on their way to Alaska. Andrea Sachs, chicagotribune.com, "This summer, stop by the 23 U.S. locales that have risen to become UNESCO World Heritage sites," 4 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Consider the ten-engine drone called Greased Lightning, which can shift from VTOL into cruise mode in midflight. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "NASA and MIT's Transforming Wing Could Change How Planes Are Built," 1 Apr. 2019 There was also a 4-day Bahamas cruise for $378 per person a month out. Jill Fergus, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Sites and Apps for Finding Last-Minute Travel Deals," 26 Feb. 2019 Founded more than two decades ago as a river cruise company, Viking also operates more than 50 river ships in Europe and sells river trips in Asia. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "First look: Inside Viking Cruises' newest ocean ship, Viking Orion," 26 June 2018 The cruise company is betting that the younger generation desires shorter trips with more entertainment options. Renae Reints, Fortune, "Royal Caribbean Aims to Appeal to Millennials with Shorter Trips and More Entertainment," 26 June 2018 Catering to Cubans’ passion for American cars, it was slated to become a combination parking lot and highway interchange lined with cheesy boutiques for cruise liners. Néstor Martí, Smithsonian, "The Man Who Saved Havana," 18 Apr. 2018 Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, an attraction on Orlando’s International Drive, is planning a giveaway promotion that coincides with the anniversary of the sinking of the famed cruise liner. Dewayne Bevil, OrlandoSentinel.com, "I-Drive's Titanic exhibit offers anniversary giveaways," 5 Apr. 2018 The companies are: Entact, a provider of environmental remediation and geotechnical construction; Entertainment Cruises, a maritime dining cruise company; and LBP Manufacturing, a maker of consumer packaging. Patrick Danner, San Antonio Express-News, "Chicago’s Pritzker Group buys San Antonio’s C.H. Guenther & Son," 4 Apr. 2018 Owners of the handmade cruise liner join an exclusive club of eccentrics, ranging from Fred Astaire to Queen Elizabeth, and from John Lennon to Kim Kardashian. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "What makes Rolls-Royce Phantom worth $643,000?," 28 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of cruise

Verb

1651, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1696, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cruise

Verb

Dutch kruisen to make a cross, cruise, from Middle Dutch crucen, from crūce cross, from Latin cruc-, crux

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cruise

verb

English Language Learners Definition of cruise

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to travel on a boat or ship to a number of places as a vacation
of a car, airplane, etc. : to move along at a steady speed
: to drive or be driven slowly

cruise

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cruise (Entry 2 of 2)

: a journey on a boat or ship to a number of places as a vacation

cruise

verb
\ ˈkrüz How to pronounce cruise (audio) \
cruised; cruising

Kids Definition of cruise

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to travel by ship often stopping at a series of ports They cruised along the coast.
2 : to travel at a steady pace

cruise

noun

Kids Definition of cruise (Entry 2 of 2)

: a trip on a ship

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