What does cruise mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cruise, sailverb

    an ocean trip taken for pleasure

  2. cruiseverb

    drive around aimlessly but ostentatiously and at leisure

    "She cruised the neighborhood in her new convertible"

  3. cruiseverb

    travel at a moderate speed

    "Please keep your seat belt fastened while the plane is reaching cruising altitude"

  4. cruiseverb

    look for a sexual partner in a public place

    "The men were cruising the park"

  5. cruiseverb

    sail or travel about for pleasure, relaxation, or sightseeing

    "We were cruising in the Caribbean"


  1. Cruiseverb

    To travel primarily for pleasure, or without any fixed purpose, rather than with the main goal of reaching a particular destination. To cruise the streets of town, looking for an interesting party to crash.

  2. Cruisenoun

    Hence: A voyage aboard a ship, in which the activities on the ship itself form a major objective of the voyage; -- used particularly of vacation voyages, or voyages during which some special activity occurs on board the ship, such as a series of seminars.


  1. cruisenoun

    A sea voyage, especially one taken for pleasure.

  2. cruiseverb

    To sail about, especially for pleasure.

  3. cruiseverb

    To travel at constant speed for maximum operating efficiency.

  4. cruiseverb

    To move about an area leisurely in the hope of discovering something, or looking for custom.

  5. cruiseverb

    To actively seek a romantic partner or casual sexual partner by moving about a particular area; to troll.

  6. cruiseverb

    To walk while holding on to an object. (stage in development of ambulation, typically occurring at 10 months)

  7. cruiseverb

    To win easily and convincingly.

    Germany cruised to a World Cup victory over the short-handed Australians.

  8. Etymology: From kruisen, from kruis, from cruce, from crux

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Cruisenoun

    A small cup.

    Etymology: kruicke, Dutch.

    I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruise. 1 Kings, xvii. 12.

    The train prepare a cruise of curious mold,
    A cruise of fragrance, form’d of burnish’d gold. Alexander Pope, Odyss.

  2. A CRUISEnoun

    A voyage in search of plunder.

    Etymology: croise, Fr. from the original cruisers, who bore the cross, and plundered only infidels.

  3. To Cruiseverb

    To rove over the sea in search of opportunities to plunder; to wander on the sea without any certain course.

    Etymology: from the noun.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cruisenoun

    see Cruse, a small bottle

  2. Cruiseverb

    to sail back and forth on the ocean; to sail, as for the potection of commerce, in search of an enemy, for plunder, or for pleasure

  3. Cruiseverb

    to wander hither and thither on land

  4. Cruisenoun

    a voyage made in various directions, as of an armed vessel, for the protection of other vessels, or in search of an enemy; a sailing to and fro, as for exploration or for pleasure

  5. Etymology: [D. kruisen to move crosswise or in a zigzag, to cruise, fr. kruis cross, fr. OF. crois, croiz, F. croix, or directly fr. OF. croisier, F. croiser, to cross, cruise, fr. crois a cross. See Cross.]


  1. Cruise

    Cruise is the level portion of aircraft travel where flight is most fuel efficient. It occurs between ascent and descent phases and is usually the majority of a journey. Technically, cruising consists of heading changes only at a constant airspeed and altitude. It ends as the aircraft approaches the destination where the descent phase of flight commences in preparation for landing. For most commercial passenger aircraft, the cruise phase of flight consumes the majority of fuel. As this lightens the aircraft considerably, higher altitudes are more efficient for additional fuel economy. However, for operational and air traffic control reasons it is necessary to stay at the cleared flight level. On long haul flights, the pilot may climb from one flight level to a higher one as clearance is requested and given from air traffic control. This maneuver is called a step climb. Commercial or passenger aircraft are usually designed for optimum performance at their cruise speed or VC. There is also an optimum cruise altitude for a particular aircraft type and conditions including payload weight, center of gravity, air temperature, humidity, and speed. This altitude is usually where the higher ground speeds, the increase in drag power, and the decrease in engine power and efficiency at higher altitudes are balanced.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cruise

    krōōz, v.i. to sail to and fro: to rove on the sea.—n. a sailing to and fro: a voyage in various directions in search of an enemy, or for the protection of vessels.—n. Cruis′er. [Dut. kruisen, to cross—kruis, a cross.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. cruise

    A voyage in quest of an enemy expected to sail through any particular tract of the sea at a certain season,--the seeker traversing the cruising latitude under easy sail, backward and forward. The parts of seas frequented by whales are called the cruising grounds of whalers.

Rap Dictionary

  1. cruiseverb

    Driving around, preferably showing off your car. "Sittin back cruising through the slow breeze" -- Twista (Feels So Good).

  2. cruiseverb

    Looking for members of the opposite sex to holla at. Could be in your car, could be at a party, could be walking down the street. "Me and my boys go cruisin' for honeys".

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Cruise is ranked #9794 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Cruise surname appeared 3,306 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Cruise.

    81.7% or 2,703 total occurrences were White.
    8% or 266 total occurrences were Black.
    6.9% or 231 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.5% or 50 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1% or 34 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.6% or 22 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

Anagrams for cruise »

  1. curies

  2. crusie

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cruise in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cruise in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of cruise in a Sentence

  1. Connie Flores:

    Imagine yourself on a cruise at sea with your stateroom infested with bed bugs.

  2. Paul Meade:

    But a three-day cruise from L.A., I don't think there's anything to worry about, we do know the precautions for good hygiene, and we practice them anyway, so I don't think there's reason to be overly concerned.

  3. Mark Ferguson:

    Russia has introduced new capabilities such as newer and more stealthy nuclear-powered attack and ballistic missile defense submarines. They are also expanding the reach of their conventional submarines with advanced cruise missiles.

  4. Colleen McDaniel:

    Disney is always highly rated by Cruise Critic's members, and it's known for its dedication to service and over-the-top experiences, the line has a reputation for innovation, and we expect to that play out on the new ships. We're looking forward to seeing what's to come.

  5. Wendell Stinnett:

    I like to work. I like working for Sabre, looking at our business, we bill based upon bookings from airlines, hotels, cruise lines. All of our customers were hit. The revenue stream dried up. With that information, I saw the handwriting on the wall.

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