lock onto

phrasal verb lock onto or lock in on [transitive]
Word forms "lock onto":
present tense I/you/we/they lock onto he/she/it locks onto present participle locking onto past tense locked onto past participle locked onto
lock onto something if a missile or a vehicle carrying missiles locks onto something, it finds out its position and prepares to destroy it

The enemy planes had locked onto us.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • lock onto — phrasal see lock on …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • lock onto something — ˌlock ˈonto sth derived (of a ↑missile, etc.) to find the thing that is being attacked and follow it Main entry: ↑lockderived …   Useful english dictionary

  • lock — lock1 W3S2 [lɔk US la:k] v ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(fasten something)¦ 2¦(keep in a safe place)¦ 3¦(fixed position)¦ 4¦(fixed situation)¦ 5 be locked in battle/combat/dispute etc 6 lock arms 7 lock horns (with somebody) Phrasal verbs  lock… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • lock — I n. 1) to pick a lock 2) a combination; dead bolt; double; mortise; safety; time; Yale lock 3) under lock and key ( locked up securely ) II v. (d; intr.) to lock on, onto ( to sight and track ) (to lock onto a target) * * * [lɒk] Yale lock… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • lock — 1 verb 1 FASTEN SOMETHING (I, T) to fasten something with a lock or be fastened with a lock: Did you lock the car? I can t get the door to lock. 2 PUT STH IN A SAFE PLACE (transitive always + adv/prep) to put something in a safe place and lock… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • lock — I UK [lɒk] / US [lɑk] verb Word forms lock : present tense I/you/we/they lock he/she/it locks present participle locking past tense locked past participle locked *** 1) a) [transitive] to fasten something such as a door or a container, usually… …   English dictionary

  • lock in on — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms lock in on : present tense I/you/we/they lock in on he/she/it locks in on present participle locking in on past tense locked in on past participle locked in on same as lock onto They had locked in on the… …   English dictionary

  • lock on — or lock onto phrasal to acquire (as a target or signal) automatically using a sensor (as radar) …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • lock on/onto — [phrasal verb] lock on/onto (something) : to use electronic methods to find (a target) The pilot locked onto the ship and fired a missile. The missile locked on the target. • • • Main Entry: ↑lock …   Useful english dictionary

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