v. cruised, cruis·ing, cruis·es
a. To sail from place to place, as for pleasure or reconnaissance.
b. To go or move along, especially in an unhurried or unconcerned fashion: "A car, a long closed car that maybe was a Packard, came slowly down the street, and ... cruised close to the curb" (Carson McCullers).
2. To travel at a constant speed or at a speed providing maximum operating efficiency for a sustained period.
a. Informal To move leisurely about an area in the hope of discovering something: taxis cruising for fares.
b. Slang To look for a sexual partner, as in a public place.
4. To move by taking steps while holding on to nearby objects for support. Used of a baby.
5. To inspect a wooded area to determine its lumber yield.
1. To travel about or journey over.
a. To look in (a public area) for a sexual partner.
b. To seek out and make a sexual overture to.
3. To inspect in order to determine lumber yield.
The act or an instance of cruising, especially a sea voyage for pleasure.
[Dutch kruisen, to cross, from kruis, cross, from Middle Dutch cruce, from Latin crux, cruc-, cross.]
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