homing instinct

noun
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of homing instinct

: an ability to return home from a great distance
  • an animal with a homing instinct

Word by Word Definitions

home play homing
  1. : one's place of residence : domicile

  2. : house

  3. : the social unit formed by a family living together

  1. : to or at one's place of residence or home (see 1home 1a)

  2. : to a final, closed, or ultimate position

  3. : to or at an ultimate objective (such as a goal or finish line)

  1. : of, relating to, or being a place of residence, place of origin, or base of operations

  2. : prepared, done, or designed for use in a home (see 1home)

  3. : operating or occurring in an area that is a headquarters or base of operations

  1. : to go or return to one's place of residence or origin : to go or return home (see 1home)

  2. : to return accurately to one's native area of place of birth or origin from a distance : to return home

  3. : to move to or toward an objective by following a signal or landmark

instinct play
  1. : a natural or inherent aptitude, impulse, or capacity

  2. : a largely inheritable and unalterable tendency of an organism to make a complex and specific response to environmental stimuli without involving reason

  3. : behavior that is mediated by reactions below the conscious level

  1. : impelled by an inner or animating or exciting agency

  2. : profoundly imbued : infused


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