From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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.]
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   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.
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   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
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               Ships of war were sent to cruise near the isle of
               Bute.                              --Macaulay.
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               'Mid sands, and rocks, and storms to cruise for
               pleasure.                          --Young.
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   2. To wander hither and thither on land. [Colloq.]
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   3. (Forestry) To inspect forest land for the purpose of
      estimating the quantity of lumber it will yield.
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   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.
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