cruise

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Borrowing from Dutch kruisen (cross, sail around), from kruis (cross), from Middle Dutch cruce, from Latin crux.

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cruise (plural cruises)

  1. A sea or lake voyage, especially one taken for pleasure.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 4, The Celebrity:
      Judge Short had gone to town, and Farrar was off for a three days' cruise up the lake. I was bitterly regretting I had not gone with him when the distant notes of a coach horn reached my ear, and I descried a four-in-hand winding its way up the inn road from the direction of Mohair.

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cruise (third-person singular simple present cruises, present participle cruising, simple past and past participle cruised)

  1. (intransitive) To sail about, especially for pleasure.
    • 1907, Robert Chambers, chapter 9/2, The Younger Set:
      He and Gerald usually challenged the rollers in a sponson canoe when Gerald was there for the weekend; or, when Lansing came down, the two took long swims seaward or cruised about in Gerald's dory, clad in their swimming-suits; […]
  2. (intransitive) To travel at constant speed for maximum operating efficiency.
  3. (transitive) To move about an area leisurely in the hope of discovering something, or looking for custom.
  4. (transitive, colloquial) To actively seek a romantic partner or casual sexual partner by moving about a particular area; to troll.
  5. (intransitive, child development) To walk while holding on to an object (stage in development of ambulation, typically occurring at 10 months).
  6. (intransitive, sports) To win easily and convincingly.
    Germany cruised to a World Cup victory over the short-handed Australians.

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from English cruise, from Dutch kruisen.

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cruise m (plural cruises, diminutive cruiseje n)

  1. cruise