[ hoh-ming ]
/ ˈhoʊ mɪŋ /


capable of returning home, usually over a great distance: We saw the homing birds at dusk.
guiding or directing homeward or to a destination, especially by mechanical means: the homing instinct; a homing beacon.

Origin of homing

First recorded in 1860–65; home + -ing2

Definition for homing (2 of 2)

Origin of home

before 900; Middle English hom, Old English hām (noun and adv.); cognate with Dutch heim, Old Norse heimr, Danish hjem, Swedish hem, German Heim home, Gothic haims village; akin to haunt


2 hearth, fireside.
3 asylum.

Related forms

min·i·home, noun

Can be confused

home house (see synonym study at house)
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British Dictionary definitions for homing (1 of 3)


/ (ˈhəʊmɪŋ) /

noun (modifier)

zoology relating to the ability to return home after travelling great distanceshoming instinct
(of an aircraft, a missile, etc) capable of guiding itself onto a target or to a specified point

British Dictionary definitions for homing (2 of 3)


/ (hjuːm) /


British Dictionary definitions for homing (3 of 3)

Derived Forms

homelike, adjective

Word Origin for home

Old English hām; related to Old Norse heimr, Gothic haims, Old High German heim, Dutch heem, Greek kōmi village
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Idioms and Phrases with homing


In addition to the idioms beginning with home

  • home free
  • home in on
  • home run
  • home truth

also see:

  • 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.

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