[ hoh-ming ]

  1. capable of returning home, usually over a great distance: We saw the homing birds at dusk.

  2. 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

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British Dictionary definitions for homing


/ (ˈhəʊmɪŋ) /

  1. zoology relating to the ability to return home after travelling great distances: homing instinct

  2. (of an aircraft, a missile, etc) capable of guiding itself onto a target or to a specified point

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