—v.i. 1. to sail about on a pleasure trip.
2. to sail about, as a warship patrolling a body of water.
3. to travel about without a particular purpose or destination.
4. to fly, drive, or sail at a constant speed that permits maximum operating efficiency for sustained travel.
5. to travel at a moderately fast, easily controllable speed: cruising along the highway enjoying the scenery. 6. to travel about slowly, looking for customers or for something demanding attention: Taxis and police cars cruise in the downtown area. 7. to go or travel (often fol. by over): Let's cruise over to my house after the concert. 8. Informal.to go about on the streets or in public areas in search of a sexual partner.
—v.t. 1. to cruise in (a specified area): patrol cars cruising the neighborhood; to cruise the Caribbean. 2. Informal. a. to move slowly through or visit (a street, park, bar, etc.) in search of a sexual partner.
b. to make sexual overtures to; attempt to arouse the sexual interest of.
3. to inspect (a tract of forest) for the purpose of estimating lumber potential.
—n. 1. the act of cruising.
2. a pleasure voyage on a ship, usually with stops at various ports.
Pronunciation: (krOOz),[key] —n. Tom(Thomas Cruise Mapother, 4th), born 1962, U.S. film actor.