Definition of cruise control in English:

cruise control

Pronunciation /ˈkro͞oz kənˌtrōl/ /ˈkruz kənˌtroʊl/

noun

  • 1An electronic device in a motor vehicle that can be switched on to maintain a selected constant speed without the use of the accelerator.

    ‘I set the cruise control on 63 mph’
    • ‘Keep an eye on your speedometer or set the cruise control on long trips to avoid going over the speed limit, thus avoiding costly fines.’
    • ‘A cruise control with an integrated speed limit monitor is also standard across the range.’
    • ‘For longer trips using cruise control can help you maintain a constant speed and, in most cases, reduce your fuel consumption.’
    • ‘Employ cruise control and all you have to is point the car in the direction you want to go… it's that simple.’
    • ‘On the motorway I check out the adaptive cruise control which is a fantastic boon.’
    • ‘I put on the blinker and returned to the right lane, set the cruise control for 64 mph, and put it all on automatic.’
    • ‘Radio and cruise control switches are on the back of the steering wheel, and they are surprisingly intuitive.’
    • ‘Also, never use your cruise control when driving in winter conditions.’
    • ‘I start the long drive from Colorado to Canada in high spirits, hands off the cruise control and a full cooler between us.’
    • ‘The cruise control was easy to use, and in these days of our strongly policed roads, it is just about an essential option.’
    • ‘Elsewhere, only the cruise control was not clearly intuitive and proved rather fiddly to set.’
    • ‘It's more likely to be the intelligent cruise control that uses radar to control the gap in front to a specified distance.’
    • ‘He'd already given up and switched to cruise control.’
    • ‘Now, though, you expect not just power assistance but satellite navigation and cruise control and parking sensors too.’
    • ‘As the hours passed with cruise control taking the strain from the right foot and no clutch to worry about, it felt like piloting a trans-Atlantic flight.’
    • ‘And without cruise control you are constantly watching the speedo on the open road.’
    • ‘There is even cruise control which makes motorway journeys all the more pleasurable.’
    • ‘A competent cruise control system is a welcome feature on main road journeys.’
    • ‘The test vehicle was fitted with cruise control, hidden away in front of the driver's right knee.’
    • ‘For the same reason, if you do a lot of long journeys, cruise control is excellent, as your right foot is then released from pressure on the accelerator pedal.’
    1. 1.1Used in reference to actions performed with little effort.
      ‘the team went on cruise control during the second half’
      • ‘United finished the game in cruise control’
      • ‘For the last month Stewart has been on cruise control.’
      • ‘Even in winning inside two days, New Zealand at times appeared to be on cruise control.’
      • ‘I've reached a point in my life where I'm on cruise control.’
      • ‘The pressure was on the Tigers, who were in cruise control with a 6-3 lead.’
      • ‘Some players just put their lives on cruise control once they get drafted.’
      • ‘Sarsfields were in cruise control in the second half, with Campbell in outstanding form.’
      • ‘Atkin says that hard-charging style is what separates the Paris company from rivals content to operate on cruise control.’
      • ‘Ellis is on cruise control in this round, not doing much.’
      • ‘The Clan put it in cruise control in the second half for a 79-43 win.’
      • ‘The Nets are rolling so steadily, they must be using cruise control.’
      • ‘The gaps in their defence allowed Armstrong, Kennedy and Brennan with a double to move into cruise control.’
      • ‘After a close opening set and a half Kuerten hit cruise control and romped home on his fourth match point.’
      • ‘But if you're on cruise control, you're in a different frame of mind.’
      • ‘When I want cruise control, I'll pick up a deck of cards.’
      • ‘SFU put it in cruise control in the second half and held on for an 81-55 victory.’
      • ‘The Eagles had spent the past three weeks on cruise control, beating up on the Bengals and Browns and kicking back on an off-week.’
      • ‘Ford, who keeps his big guys happy, can ease into cruise control and efficiently run the halfcourt game.’
      • ‘It is the only other song that goes above mid-tempo, and afterward the record moves into cruise-control.’
      • ‘Another free from Maurice Fitzgerald and another fine effort from James Fitzgerald saw the South Kerry side in cruise control.’
      • ‘However, while the Geordies were rocketing up the league last year their Northeast neighbours Sunderland were on cruise control straight to the Nationwide.’
      effortlessly, comfortably, simply, straightforwardly