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.
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How to use homing in a sentence
It’s akin to a spaceship with awful homing machinery that crashes into other planets and causes an unexpected wave of disaster.New Virus-Like Particles Can Deliver CRISPR to Any Cell in the Body | Shelly Fan | January 18, 2022 | Singularity Hub
Once absorbed, the cells readily translated mRNA into proteins—dotting the outside of T cells—that acted as homing beacons to find and destroy heart cells responsible for scarring.Breakthrough Shot of Engineered Immune Cells Helps Heal Heart Damage | Shelly Fan | January 11, 2022 | Singularity Hub
The game does a consistent job of homing in on small moments and recalling earlier details from the franchise and expanding upon them, adding a sense of heft and solidity to this fictional world.‘Psychonauts 2’ is a Saturday morning cartoon with a side of mental health | Shannon Liao | August 26, 2021 | Washington Post
Oh, and you can also play as the dodgeball, just hold down a button to “become the ball” and your teammate can toss you into an enemy like you’re a homing missile.‘Knockout City’ promises affordable dodgeball fun, with many updates to come | Shannon Liao | May 21, 2021 | Washington Post
Then the researchers will make sure the potential spider repellent is not toxic or a homing beacon for ants.European fire ant chemicals may send spiders scurrying away | Erin Garcia de Jesús | May 18, 2021 | Science News
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 | THE 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.
At last he was forced to use the homing beam, and it guided him back across the deserted metropolis to the field.Star Born | Andre Norton
And so to the unpeopled rooms of the little old Vermont farmhouse Peter's gentle thoughts ever swarmed, like homing bees.Blazed Trail Stories | Stewart Edward White
It was a green and amber evening, with the shadows already deepening over Coombe Woods and the calling of homing rooks in the air.In Accordance with the Evidence | Oliver Onions
Evening, with the sheep homing to the bedding-ground, brought reflections of a different hue.The Flockmaster of Poison Creek | George W. Ogden
If ever a man had any "homing instinct" it would surely show itself on such an occasion as this.The Home of the Blizzard | Douglas Mawson
British Dictionary definitions for homing
zoology relating to the ability to return home after travelling great distances: homing instinct
(of an aircraft, a missile, etc) capable of guiding itself onto a target or to a specified point
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