Cruise Cruise (kr[udd]z), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Cruised} (kr[udd]zd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Cruising}.] [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}.] [1913 Webster] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

Note: A ship cruises in any particular sea or ocean; as, in the Baltic or in the Atlantic. She cruises off any cape; as, off the Lizard; off Ushant. She cruises on a coast; as, on the coast of Africa. A pirate cruises to seize vessels; a yacht cruises for the pleasure of the owner. [1913 Webster]

Ships of war were sent to cruise near the isle of Bute. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

'Mid sands, and rocks, and storms to cruise for pleasure. --Young. [1913 Webster]

2. To wander hither and thither on land. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

3. (Forestry) To inspect forest land for the purpose of estimating the quantity of lumber it will yield. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

4. 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. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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