- The definition of a cruise is a trip taken for pleasure on a ship.
An example of a cruise is taking a two-week vacation on a boat that stops for day trips at islands in the Caribbean.
- Cruise is defined as to ride, sail or move from place to place at a gradual speed.
An example of to cruise is taking your classic car out for a Sunday afternoon drive around town.
intransitive verbcruised, cruising
- to sail from place to place, as for pleasure or in search of something
- to ride about in a similar manner: a taxi cruises to pick up passengers
- ☆ to go over a wooded area to estimate its lumber yield
- to move at the most efficient speed for sustained travel: said of an aircraft
- to operate at a predetermined speed by use of a regulating mechanism ( cruise control): said of an automobile
- ☆ to go about looking for a sex partner: said esp. of a homosexual
Origin of cruise; from Dutch kruisen, to cross, cruise ; from kruis, cross ; from Classical Latin crux, cross
- to sail, journey, or move over or about
- ☆ to make a cruising trip over (a wooded area)
- ☆ Slang to approach (a person) or visit (a place) in seeking a sex partner: said esp. of a homosexual
verbcruised cruised, cruis·ing, cruis·es
- a. To sail or travel about, as for pleasure or reconnaissance.b. To go or move along, especially in an unhurried or unconcerned fashion: “A whole cache of babies &ellipsis; cruised imperiously in their strollers, propelled by their mothers or by pairs of grandmothers” (Anne Tyler).
- To travel at a constant speed or at a speed providing maximum operating efficiency for a sustained period.
- a. Informal To move leisurely about an area in the hope of discovering something: taxis cruising for fares.b. Slang To look for a sexual partner, as in a public place.
- To inspect a wooded area to determine its lumber yield.
- To travel about or journey over.
- Slang a. To look in (a public area) for a sexual partner.b. To seek out and make a sexual overture to.
- To inspect in order to determine lumber yield.
Origin of cruiseDutch kruisen, to cross, from kruis, cross, from Middle Dutch cruce, from Latin crux, cruc-, cross.
(third-person singular simple present cruises, present participle cruising, simple past and past participle cruised)
- (intransitive) To sail about, especially for pleasure.
- (intransitive) To travel at constant speed for maximum operating efficiency.
- To move about an area leisurely in the hope of discovering something, or looking for custom.
- (colloquial) To actively seek a romantic partner or casual sexual partner by moving about a particular area; to troll.
- (intransitive, child development) To walk while holding on to an object. (stage in development of ambulation, typically occurring at 10 months)
- (intransitive, sports) To win easily and convincingly.
- Germany cruised to a World Cup victory over the short-handed Australians.