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homing

1. Zoology relating to the ability to return home after travelling great distances
2. (of an aircraft, a missile, etc.) capable of guiding itself onto a target or to a specified point

homing

[′hōm·iŋ]
(navigation)
A process in navigation by which the destination is approached by keeping some parameter constant.

homing

homing
Smart bomb homes on to the target. In this case, laser designator pods helps the bomb to home onto the target.
i. The technique of tracking along a position line toward the point of a radio, radar, or other navigational aid. This is done without catering for wind but by adjusting the aircraft heading to maintain a relative bearing of zero degrees.
ii. The procedure for bringing two radios or other EM (electromagnetic) stations, at least one airborne, together.
iii. The following of a path of energy waves to or toward their source or point of reflection. This normally is used in the homing guidance of weapons.
iv. The procedure of using the direction-finding equipment of one radio station with the emission of another radio station, where at least one of the stations is mobile, and whereby the mobile station proceeds continuously toward the other station.
v. A bearing, or direction, to the base, or station, to which a request for “homing” is made. In Q code, it is QDM. See also QDM.
References in classic literature ?
It always proved of the greatest aid to Perry and me; nevertheless we were anxious to enlarge our map, for we at least were not endowed with the homing instinct.
Free, like a homing pigeon, he headed blindly and directly for the beach and the salt sea over which had floated the Arangi, on her deck Skipper in command.
Back from sea Martin Eden came, homing for California with a lover's desire.