Definition of heat-seeking in English:

heat-seeking

adjective

  • (of a missile) able to detect and home in on infrared radiation emitted by a target, such as the exhaust vent of a jet aircraft.

    • ‘You could say that there was intentionality in a heat-seeking missile but it's at the same level as a cockroach running away from light.’
    • ‘Now the David of this story has armed himself not with a slingshot, but a heat-seeking missile.’
    • ‘They have infrared countermeasure devices that confuse heat-seeking missiles.’
    • ‘In this case, though, it appeared it gave the crew almost no time to react, to dispense flares, or take other countermeasures that might have been able to evade these heat-seeking missiles.’
    • ‘It is also not a shoulder-fired heat-seeking missile.’
    • ‘It is designed to detect the launch of a heat-seeking missile, determine if it is a threat and track its flight, before confusing it with an infra-red energy beam.’
    • ‘The flares, which are often made from magnesium, are fired from aircraft and used to fool heat-seeking missiles.’
    • ‘Although both systems are very important to one's ability to use weapons beyond visual range, the employment of heat-seeking missiles and modern machine guns still requires the pilot to point the nose of the fighter jet at the target.’
    • ‘Do their aircraft really have heat-seeking missile countermeasures?’
    • ‘It launches heat-seeking missiles which go straight for a plane's engines, chasing them at twice the speed of sound.’
    • ‘As he attacks the ball, it is like watching a heat-seeking missile that has found its target.’
    • ‘Missile protection can be a drag: United Airlines is working with a Texas firm on a system to counter shoulder-fired, heat-seeking missiles, part of the Department of Homeland Security's mandate.’
    • ‘The usual countermeasure for heat-seeking missiles is to confuse them by throwing out other sources of intense heat radiation, namely flares.’
    • ‘We're talking about a heat-seeking missile, most likely.’
    • ‘But witnesses at the airport last night reported that helicopters and aircraft were now taking off using flares, the heat from which deflects heat-seeking missiles targeting the aircraft.’
    • ‘These weapons provide Air Force Special Operations Command aircrews with defensive countermeasures against heat-seeking missiles or anti-aircraft weapons.’
    • ‘Army helicopters, containing the latest countermeasures - such as flares to lure away heat-seeking missiles - will be used to ferry dignitaries and even police officers around.’
    • ‘For example, the U.S. Department of Defense has a variety of systems that use infrared sensors, such as heat-seeking missiles, but in order for the sensors to work they must be cooled to freezing temperatures, which is expensive.’
    • ‘Exhaust fumes from the Apache engines are also cooled as they emerge to make it difficult for heat-seeking missiles to seek and destroy the aircraft.’
    • ‘Instead, like a heat-seeking missile, private clinics and hospitals home in on those more affluent areas of big cities that offer most profit, leaving the slums and the countryside to the public sector.’

Pronunciation

heat-seeking