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

The planes would not only fly faster than conventional airliners but also the vaunted Concorde, whose top speed was Mach 2.04, or a bit more than twice the speed of sound (1,354 miles per hour at cruising altitude). Kate Baggaley, NBC News, "This hypersonic airliner would take you from Los Angeles to Tokyo in under two hours," 23 Aug. 2019 Once at cruising altitude, though, the aircraft becomes much more fuel-efficient. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Air travel is a huge contributor to climate change. A new global movement wants you to be ashamed to fly.," 1 Aug. 2019 Whether your stuck on the tarmac or trapped at cruising altitude, these items will make your next journey more tolerable. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "Gear You'll Need to Travel Like a Pro," 25 July 2019 Consider this your definitive, must-read while cruising down Highway 27A in your Rove. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Vogue’s Official Guide to the Hamptons," 3 July 2019 Experts believe roughly three-quarters of stowaways do not survive because of the extreme cold and lack of oxygen as the plane reaches cruising altitude. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "Stowaway dies after falling from Kenya Airways plane, plunging into London garden," 1 July 2019 Rough air happens everywhere, from ground level to far above cruising altitude. Michelle Z. Donahue, National Geographic, "What is turbulence—and how can you calm down about it?," 12 June 2019 The Montreal Impact were up 3-0 at home and cruising to a valuable three points in a tight playoff race until, well ... Avi Creditor, SI.com, "The MLS XI, Week 24: LAFC Clinches, But Here Comes Atlanta United," 19 Aug. 2019 At Phillips Field House, new South Houston head coach Krystal Anderson’s debut was spoiled by Channelview as the Lady Falcons cruised to a 25-12, 25-18, 25-14 victory. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Lady Mavs win volleyball season opener, Trojans fall to Channelview," 6 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Chefs can find work throughout industries such as fine dining, country clubs, hotels, cruise ships, and catering services. Valerie Sweeten, Houston Chronicle, "Culinary scene feeds interest in food-creation careers," 22 Aug. 2019 Even now, the eyes and ears of the north are far more likely to watch for passing ships: the Chinese icebreakers, cargo vessels, and cruise ships that are expected to appear in ever greater numbers as ice disappears. Neil Shea, National Geographic, "A thawing Arctic is heating up a new Cold War," 21 Aug. 2019 The Ocean Ranger cruise ship pollution inspection program is no longer funded, a $3.4 million cut. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "Here’s what the governor cut, and what was restored, in Alaska’s state operating budget," 20 Aug. 2019 Some of the biggest cruise ships in the world will descend on Southern California later this year. Rosemary Mcclure, Los Angeles Times, "More ships will sail from Southern California to Mexico starting in fall," 16 Aug. 2019 One of the newest cruise ships in the world got its first taste of water when Norwegian Encore was floated out for the first time. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida-bound Norwegian Encore gets first taste of water," 15 Aug. 2019 Well, after a July inspection, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that one of Carnival Fantasy's cruise ships had brown shower water AND flies in their food, among other violations. Megan Uy, House Beautiful, "A Carnival Fantasy Cruise Ship Failed A Sanitation Test After Being Caught With Brown Shower Water," 14 Aug. 2019 The park is now on the cruise ship circuit, with thousands of people disembarking each day. New York Times, "Here There Be Dragons. But Can They Survive an Invasion of Tourists?," 12 Aug. 2019 The Belgian city of Bruges (8 million visitors) plans to limit the number of cruise ships allowed to dock there. Washington Post, "Nothing to see here: Popular European destinations want fewer tourists," 9 Aug. 2019

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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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