- homing device,
- homing guidance,
- homing pigeon,
Origin of homing
- into the position desired; perfectly or to the greatest possible extent: sails sheeted home.
- in the proper, stowed position: The anchor is home.
- toward its vessel: to bring the anchor home.
verb (used without object), homed, hom·ing.
verb (used with object), homed, hom·ing.
Origin of home
Examples from the Web for homing
In fact, Lew has a well-deserved reputation for homing in on the values that lurk behind the numbers.
Over the years, she has facilitated the transporting, homing, and re-homing of more than 250 dogs.Back Home, Service Dogs Sleep in Beds—and Sniff the Sofa for Mines|Sandra McElwaine|September 23, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Like a homing device, it zipped over the net, into the corner of the court, and past the helpless Dabul to win the point.
Or possibly these factors or the need to find food and security overcame the homing tendency.An Experimental Translocation of the Eastern Timber Wolf|Thomas F. Weise
The homing train, rushing around the boundary hills of Paradise, set him down at Gordonia late in the afternoon.The Quickening|Francis Lynde
Owners of homing pigeons had been registered, and the importation of the birds or their conveyance by rail prohibited.The Annual Register 1914|Anonymous
The song of Auberon Herbert is the homing cry of the sea-swallows swaying on the crest of the waves.Critical Studies|Ouida
And Ginger, beaming happily, swooped on Sally's table like a homing pigeon.The Adventures of Sally|P. G. Wodehouse
- a building or organization set up to care for orphans, the aged, etc
- an informal name for a mental home
- the objective towards which a player strives in certain sports
- an area where a player is safe from attack
- one of two positions of play nearest the opponents' goal
- a player assigned to such a positioninside home
- in one's own home or country
- at ease, as if at one's own home
- giving an informal party at one's own home
- Britishsuch a party
adjective (usually prenominal)
- to make clear to
- to place the blame on
Word Origin for home
"action of going home," 1765, in reference to pigeons, from present participle of home (v.). Homing pigeon attested by 1868.
Old English ham "dwelling, house, estate, village," from Proto-Germanic *haimaz (cf. Old Frisian hem "home, village," Old Norse heimr "residence, world," heima "home," Danish hjem, Middle Dutch heem, German heim "home," Gothic haims "village"), from PIE root *tkei- "to settle, dwell, be home" (cf. Sanskrit kseti "abides, dwells," Armenian shen "inhabited," Greek kome, Lithuanian kaimas "village;" Old Church Slavonic semija "domestic servants").
'Home' in the full range and feeling of [Modern English] home is a conception that belongs distinctively to the word home and some of its Gmc. cognates and is not covered by any single word in most of the IE languages. [Buck]
Home stretch (1841) is originally a reference from horse racing. Home base in baseball attested by 1859 (home plate by 1867; home as the goal in a sport or game is from 1778). Home economics first attested 1899. Slang phrase make (oneself) at home "become comfortable in a place one does not live" dates from 1892. To keep the home fires burning is from a song title from 1914. To be nothing to write home about "unremarkable" is from 1907. Home movie is from 1919; home computer is from 1967.
1765, "to go home," from home (n.). Meaning "be guided to a destination by radio signals, etc. (of missiles, aircraft, etc.) is from 1920; it had been used earlier in reference to pigeons (1862). Related: Homed; homing. Old English had hamian "to establish in a home."
In addition to the idioms beginning with home
- home free
- home in on
- home run
- home truth
- at home
- bring home
- bring home the bacon
- chickens come home to roost
- close to home
Drive Homeeat someone out of house and homemake oneself at homenobody homenothing to write home abouttill the cows come home.