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- v. Present participle of home.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Home-returning; -- used specifically of carrier pigeons.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of going home.
- Coming home; characterized by an instinctive tendency to return home on being released from restraint: applied to the lower animals, especially to birds, such as carrier-pigeons, that have the faculty of returning from great distances to the place where they were reared, whence their usefulness in conveying written messages.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. orienting or directing homeward or to a destination
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I figured if we got close enough, my uterus (the built in homing device all women share) would get us the rest of the way.
In the late 1800s and early 1900s the leading scientific authorities on fishes rejected the idea of homing in anadromous salmon and trout.
The so-called homing trend is also continuing in 2010/11.
In one case, a researcher identified a genetic element called a homing intron.
This could mean they're being directed toward the tail by some kind of homing mechanism, and this would be a reasonable expectation.
There is just nothing in this world like a fire, and the primal 'homing' instinct to draw near to the hearth, gaze into the flames, and draw deep comfort from its plenitude.
A great leap forward to 1150 AD, added physical and visual methods such as homing pigeons, maritime flags, and in the 19th century, signal lamps.
The busy bats of Boston had their own kind of homing radar.
A carrier has the "homing" instinct more fully developed than any other animal.
There are three characteristics in which he is generally conceded to be superior to the paleface – his ability to slur silently over difficult or dangerous ground; his genius for trailing or tracking; and his "homing" instinct.