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
Synonyms for home
Examples from the Web for homing
Contemporary Examples of homing
In fact, Lew has a well-deserved reputation for homing in on the values that lurk behind the numbers.Will Jack Lew Win the Future?
January 10, 2013
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
September 23, 2012
Like a homing device, it zipped over the net, into the corner of the court, and past the helpless Dabul to win the point.Federer Breaks His Silence
September 6, 2010
Historical Examples of homing
As said before, the homing instinct of horses and cattle is very remarkable.Ranching, Sport and Travel
With day, like homing pigeons, they had returned to the camp.The Pools of Silence
H. de Vere Stacpoole
Already the homing shells were out of sight; only the twin flares were visible.
That Ranger's got homing shells that could blow the Scavenger to splinters if we tried it.
Homing on this signal was so simple, a human pilot could have done it himself.Planet of the Damned
- 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.
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.