Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To sail or travel about, as for pleasure or reconnaissance.
  • intransitive verb To go or move along, especially in an unhurried or unconcerned fashion.
  • intransitive verb To travel at a constant speed or at a speed providing maximum operating efficiency for a sustained period.
  • intransitive verb Informal To move leisurely about an area in the hope of discovering something.
  • intransitive verb Slang To look for a sexual partner, as in a public place.
  • intransitive verb To inspect a wooded area to determine its lumber yield.
  • intransitive verb To travel about or journey over.
  • intransitive verb To look in (a public area) for a sexual partner.
  • intransitive verb To seek out and make a sexual overture to.
  • intransitive verb To inspect in order to determine lumber yield.
  • noun The act or an instance of cruising, especially a sea voyage for pleasure.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To sail to and fro, or from place to place, with a definite purpose and under orders, open or sealed; specifically, to sail in search of an enemy's ships, or for the protection of commerce, or as a pirate: as, the admiral cruised between the Bahama islands and Cuba; a pirate was cruising in the gulf of Mexico.
  • noun A voyage made in various courses, as in search of an enemy's ships, for the protection of commerce, or for pleasure.
  • To survey and estimate the amount and value of standing timber.
  • noun Same as cruse.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun See cruse, a small bottle.
  • intransitive verb To sail back and forth on the ocean; to sail, as for the protection of commerce, in search of an enemy, for plunder, or for pleasure.
  • intransitive verb colloq. To wander hither and thither on land.
  • intransitive verb (Forestry) To inspect forest land for the purpose of estimating the quantity of lumber it will yield.
  • intransitive verb To travel primarily for pleasure, or without any fixed purpose, rather than with the main goal of reaching a particular destination.
  • transitive verb To cruise over or about.
  • transitive verb (Forestry) To explore with reference to capacity for the production of lumber.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A sea voyage, especially one taken for pleasure.
  • verb intransitive To sail about, especially for pleasure.
  • verb intransitive To travel at constant speed for maximum operating efficiency.
  • verb transitive To move about an area leisurely in the hope of discovering something, or looking for custom.
  • verb transitive, colloquial To actively seek a romantic partner or casual sexual partner by moving about a particular area; to troll.
  • verb intransitive, child development To walk while holding on to an object. (stage in development of ambulation, typically occurring at 10 months)
  • verb intransitive, sports To win easily and convincingly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb travel at a moderate speed
  • verb sail or travel about for pleasure, relaxation, or sightseeing
  • noun an ocean trip taken for pleasure
  • verb drive around aimlessly but ostentatiously and at leisure
  • verb look for a sexual partner in a public place

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Dutch kruisen, to cross, from kruis, cross, from Middle Dutch cruce, from Latin crux, cruc-, cross.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Dutch kruisen ("cross, sail around"), from kruis ("cross"), from Middle Dutch cruce, from Latin crux

Examples

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  • Foresters "cruise" timber by walking through a timber tract while scientifically sampling and measuring it for board-feet by tree species. In short, a "cruise" is a scientific appraisal of standing timber.

    December 5, 2007

  • You never know what's gonna happen on the cruise-ah!

    January 31, 2009

  • Oooh! Have fun!

    February 1, 2009

  • About definition #5.

    August 12, 2009