- The definition of a kite is a predatory bird with a forked tail and pointed wings that hunts for food while flying during the day.
An example of a kite is a large forked tail bird eating a dead animal in the road.
- A kite is defined as a light weight, framed piece of fabric or paper attached to a roll of string that is flown in the air by wind currents.
An example of a kite is a brightly colored dragon being flown in the air on a breezy day in the park.
- Kite means to issue a check for more than the balance in the checking account.
An example of kite is to issue a check for $100 when there is only $25 in the account.
Two children flying a kite.
kite definition by Webster's New World
- any of various accipitrine birds with long, pointed wings and, usually, a forked tail: they prey esp. on insects, reptiles, and small mammals
- Chiefly Brit. a greedy, grasping person
- a light frame, usually of wood, covered with paper, cloth, or plastic, to be flown in the wind at the end of a string
- the topmost sails of a ship, for use in a light breeze
- a bad check or similar fictitious or worthless financial instrument used to raise money or maintain credit temporarily
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English cyta, akin to Middle Low German kuten, to gossip ; from Indo-European echoic base an unverified form gou-, to scream from source Classical Greek goan, to moan
- to fly like a kite; soar
- to move lightly and rapidly
- to get money or credit by using bad checks, etc.
kite definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A light framework covered with cloth, plastic, or paper, designed to be flown in the wind at the end of a long string.
- Any of the light sails of a ship that are used only in a light wind.
- Any of various predatory birds of the hawk family Accipitridae, having a long, often forked tail and long pointed wings.
- a. A piece of negotiable paper representing a fictitious financial transaction and used temporarily to sustain credit or raise money.b. A bank check drawn on insufficient funds to take advantage of the time interval required for collection.c. A bank check that has been fraudulently altered to show a larger amount.
- To fly like a kite; soar or glide.
- To get money or credit with a kite.
- To use (a bad check) to sustain credit or raise money.
- To increase the amount of (a check) fraudulently.
Origin: Middle English, bird of prey, from Old English cȳta.
kite - Phrases/Idioms
go fly a kite!â