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verb (used without object), cruised, cruis·ing.
  1. to sail about on a pleasure trip.
  2. to sail about, as a warship patrolling a body of water.
  3. to travel about without a particular purpose or destination.
  4. to fly, drive, or sail at a constant speed that permits maximum operating efficiency for sustained travel.
  5. to travel at a moderately fast, easily controllable speed: cruising along the highway enjoying the scenery.
  6. to travel about slowly, looking for customers or for something demanding attention: Taxis and police cars cruise in the downtown area.
  7. to go or travel (often followed by over): Let's cruise over to my house after the concert.
  8. Informal. to go about on the streets or in public areas in search of a sexual partner.
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verb (used with object), cruised, cruis·ing.
  1. to cruise in (a specified area): patrol cars cruising the neighborhood; to cruise the Caribbean.
  2. Informal.
    1. to move slowly through or visit (a street, park, bar, etc.) in search of a sexual partner.
    2. to make sexual overtures to; attempt to arouse the sexual interest of.
  3. to inspect (a tract of forest) for the purpose of estimating lumber potential.
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noun
  1. the act of cruising.
  2. a pleasure voyage on a ship, usually with stops at various ports.
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Origin of cruise

1645–55; < Dutch kruisen to cross, cruise, derivative of kruis cross
Related formscruis·ing·ly, adverb

Cruise

[krooz]
noun
  1. TomThomas Cruise Mapother, 4th, born 1962, U.S. film actor.
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  • I believe the whole crew of the Delaware was sorry when the cruise was up.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • I volunteered to go one cruise in the Warren, under Mr. Byrne.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • I had got to be first-captain of the forecastle, a berth I held to the end of the cruise.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • While in the hospital, the frigate made a cruise, leaving me ashore.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • I and some other boys are planning to go off on a cruise next summer.


British Dictionary definitions for cruise

cruise

verb
  1. (intr) to make a trip by sea in a liner for pleasure, usually calling at a number of ports
  2. to sail or travel over (a body of water) for pleasure in a yacht, cruiser, etc
  3. (intr) to search for enemy vessels in a warship
  4. (intr) (of a vehicle, aircraft, or vessel) to travel at a moderate and efficient speed
  5. (intr) informal to search the streets or other public places for a sexual partner
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noun
  1. an act or instance of cruising, esp a trip by sea
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Word Origin

C17: from Dutch kruisen to cross, from cruis cross; related to French croiser to cross, cruise, Spanish cruzar, German kreuzen

Cruise

noun
  1. Tom. original name Thomas Cruise Mapother. born 1962, US film actor; his films include Risky Business (1983), Top Gun (1986), Jerry Maguire (1989), Eyes Wide Shut (1999), War of the Worlds (2005), and Valkyrie (2008)
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Word Origin and History for cruise

v.

1650s, from Dutch kruisen "to cross, sail to and fro," from kruis "cross," from Latin crux; cf. the sense evolution in cognate cross (v.). Related: Cruised; cruising. As a noun from 1706.

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