- to sail about on a pleasure trip.
- to sail about, as a warship patrolling a body of water.
- to travel about without a particular purpose or destination.
- to fly, drive, or sail at a constant speed that permits maximum operating efficiency for sustained travel.
- to travel at a moderately fast, easily controllable speed: cruising along the highway enjoying the scenery.
- to travel about slowly, looking for customers or for something demanding attention: Taxis and police cars cruise in the downtown area.
- to go or travel (often followed by over): Let's cruise over to my house after the concert.
- Informal. to go about on the streets or in public areas in search of a sexual partner.
- to cruise in (a specified area): patrol cars cruising the neighborhood; to cruise the Caribbean.
- to move slowly through or visit (a street, park, bar, etc.) in search of a sexual partner.
- to make sexual overtures to; attempt to arouse the sexual interest of.
- to inspect (a tract of forest) for the purpose of estimating lumber potential.
- the act of cruising.
- a pleasure voyage on a ship, usually with stops at various ports.
Origin of cruise
- TomThomas Cruise Mapother, 4th, born 1962, U.S. film actor.
Related Words for cruisejourney, jaunt, sailing, navigate, travel, drift, coast, go, meander, crossing, voyage, sail, fare, proceed, repair, wend, hie, pass, gad, boat
Examples from the Web for cruise
Contemporary Examples of cruise
These skills are particularly needed when, as in the case of the AirAsia flight, the airplane is at cruise altitude.Did Bad Weather Bring Down AirAsia 8501?
December 29, 2014
Nerd Cruise By Adam Rogers, Wired What 800 Nerds on a Cruise Ship Taught Me About Life, the Universe, and Snorkeling.The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, Dec 22-28, 2014
December 28, 2014
He told the court he called the retired captain to see exactly where he lived so he knew when to sound the cruise ship horn.The Costa Concordia’s Randy Reckless Captain Takes the Stand
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 2, 2014
More than 150 passengers on a California cruise ship came down with norovirus, continuing a trend that happens every year.
It also has a close association with cruises and cruise ships.
Historical Examples of cruise
I believe the whole crew of the Delaware was sorry when the cruise was up.
I volunteered to go one cruise in the Warren, under Mr. Byrne.
I had got to be first-captain of the forecastle, a berth I held to the end of the cruise.
While in the hospital, the frigate made a cruise, leaving me ashore.
I and some other boys are planning to go off on a cruise next summer.
- (intr) to make a trip by sea in a liner for pleasure, usually calling at a number of ports
- to sail or travel over (a body of water) for pleasure in a yacht, cruiser, etc
- (intr) to search for enemy vessels in a warship
- (intr) (of a vehicle, aircraft, or vessel) to travel at a moderate and efficient speed
- (intr) informal to search the streets or other public places for a sexual partner
- an act or instance of cruising, esp a trip by sea
Word Origin for cruise
- 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)
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.