Definition of Cruiser

1. Noun. A car in which policemen cruise the streets; equipped with radiotelephonic communications to headquarters.

Exact synonyms: Patrol Car, Police Car, Police Cruiser, Prowl Car, Squad Car
Generic synonyms: Auto, Automobile, Car, Machine, Motorcar
Specialized synonyms: Panda Car
Derivative terms: Cruise

2. Noun. A large fast warship; smaller than a battleship and larger than a destroyer.
Specialized synonyms: Battle Cruiser, Guided Missile Cruiser
Generic synonyms: Combat Ship, War Vessel, Warship

3. Noun. A large motorboat that has a cabin and plumbing and other conveniences necessary for living on board.
Exact synonyms: Cabin Cruiser, Pleasure Boat, Pleasure Craft
Generic synonyms: Motorboat, Powerboat
Derivative terms: Cruise

Definition of Cruiser

1. n. One who, or a vessel that, cruises; -- usually an armed vessel.

2. n. A man-of-war less heavily armed and armored than a battle ship, having great speed, and generally of from two thousand to twelve thousand tons displacement.

Definition of Cruiser

1. Noun. (nautical in the days of sail) A frigate or other vessel, detached from the fleet, to cruise independently in search of the enemy or its merchant ships. ¹

2. Noun. (nautical) A class of fast warships of medium tonnage, having a long cruising range but less armour and firepower than a battleship ¹

3. Noun. (nautical) A miniature aircraft carrier carrying VTOL aircraft ¹

4. Noun. (nautical) A passenger ship used for pleasure voyages, where the voyage itself and the ship's amenities are considered an essential part of the experience; also cruise ship. ¹

5. Noun. (nautical) Any of several yachts designed for cruising ¹

6. Noun. (US law enforcement) A police patrol vehicle. ¹

7. Noun. One who attends cruises ¹

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Definition of Cruiser

1. a boat that cruises [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Cruiser

cruise control
cruise liner
cruise missile
cruise missiles
cruise missle
cruise ship
cruise ships
cruiser (current term)
cruising for a bruising

Literary usage of Cruiser

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The New York Times Current History (1917)
"10—cruiser Birmingham sinks German submarine U-15 ; British close North Sea to fishing fleets : Dutch steamer sunk in Baltic : Belgians seize two Austrian ..."

2. The American Year Book: A Record of Events and Progress by Francis Graham Wickware, (, Albert Bushnell Hart, (, Simon Newton Dexter North, William M. Schuyler (1915)
"Battle with cruiser Undaunted and torpedo-boat flotilla off the Dutch coast. ... Emden, cruiser, 3592 tons. Battle with Australian cruiser Sydney off Cocos ..."

3. The New York Times Current History of the European War (1915)
"10—cruiser Birmingham sinks German submarine U-15; British close North Sea to fishing fleets ; Dutch steamer sunk in Baltic ; Belgians seize two Austrian ..."

4. Report by Washington (State), Washington (State) Auditor's office, Auditor's Office (1898)
"Crowley, TJ, land cruiser, per diem and exp — 46 75 I .......... Crowley, Т. C., land cruiser, per diem and exp ..... 37 85 Craver, L,. H., land cruiser ..."

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