lock-on

Definitions

General Science

  • verb
    (written as lock on)
    to search for, find and follow a target with a thin radar beam
  • verb
    (written as lock on)
    to synchronise an internal clock with a received signal

Electronics

  • In radars, the instant the tracking of a scanned object begins. Also, to seek this state.
  • The instant at which a previously varying frequency is fixed. For instance, that required for controlled oscillation. Also, to seek this frequency.
  • The instant at which a previously varying quantity or magnitude is fixed. Also, to seek this state.

Military

  • noun a moment when the operator of a guided weapon has the target in his or her sights and the guidance system is activated.
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