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cruiser

Syllabification: cruis·er
Pronunciation: /ˈkro͞ozər
 
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Definition of cruiser in English:

noun

1A relatively fast warship larger than a destroyer and less heavily armed than a battleship.
Example sentences
  • At sea, he served in a battleship, an aircraft carrier, in cruisers, destroyers, frigates, and a minesweeper.
  • A further 17 aircraft carriers, six battleships, 16 cruisers and 56 destroyers were also tasked in support.
  • The combined German naval force for this attack was fifteen battleships, thirteen cruisers and seventy-one destroyers, whose principal task was to guard the larger ships against British submarines.
2A yacht or motorboat with passenger accommodations, designed for leisure use.
Example sentences
  • The harbour has both a commercial quayside and marina which was crowded with expensive yachts and cruisers.
  • There are also private charters available aboard sailing yachts and luxury cruisers.
  • Scores of river pilots banished from the Humber and stripped of their navigation licences are back at the helms of vessels all over the world - guiding ferries, pleasure cruisers and even millionaires' yachts.
2.1A person who goes on a pleasure cruise.
Example sentences
  • After over 60 cruises she decided to compile her expertise in an e-book to share with other cruiser, first timers or seasoned cruisers.
  • She wrote with concern about the lack of accommodations for the cruisers who are hard-of-hearing.
  • A fisherman will likely consider the accommodations downright luxurious while a cruiser will find them a little short on privacy.
3An automobile that can be driven smoothly at high speed.
Example sentences
  • The cruiser sped along the highway under the evening sky.
  • Even though GM built the XLR on the Corvette chassis, it's more of a smooth-riding cruiser than a sports car.
3.1North American A police patrol car.
Example sentences
  • Karen was a little worried about being left alone, but the knowledge of the patrolling police cruisers calmed her down.
  • He was arrested at 4: 45 p.m., handcuffed and placed in the back of the police cruiser.
  • Across the street was the police station where a cruiser abruptly pulled up.

Origin

late 17th century: from Dutch kruiser, from kruisen (see cruise).

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