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CRUISE, mar. law. A voyage or expedition in quest of vessels or fleets of the enemy which may be expected to sail through any particular track of the sea, at a certain season of the year the region in which these cruises are performed is usually termed the rendezvous or cruising latitude.
     2. When the ships employed for this purpose, which are accordingly called cruisers, have arrived at the destined station, they traverse the sea, backwards and forwards, under an easy sail, and within a limited space, conjectured to be in the track of their expected adversaries. Wesk. Ins. h.t.; Lex Merc. Rediv. 271, 284; Dougl. 11. 509; Park. Ins. 58; Marsh. Ins. 196, 199, 520; 2 Gallis. 268.

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They cruised along the shore, but in the wrong direction, and shortly our own boat issued from the gloom and took us aboard.
During his sea faring days he had cruised the South Seas, and he determined now to seek his fortune there.
For two days we cruised up and down the Channel trying to tell some one, who would listen, that we were friends; but no one would listen.