- 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.
- 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 of kiteMiddle 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
intransitive verbkited, kiting
- to fly like a kite; soar
- to move lightly and rapidly
- to get money or credit by using bad checks, etc.
go fly a kite!☆
- a. A light framework covered with cloth, plastic, or paper, designed to be flown in the wind at the end of a long string or multiple lines, especially for recreation.b. A parafoil flown in a similar manner for recreation.c. A power kite.
- A quadrilateral with two distinct pairs of congruent, adjacent sides. Also called deltoid.
- Any of the light sails of a ship that are used only in a light wind.
- Any of various graceful predatory birds of the family Accipitridae, having long pointed wings and often a forked tail.
- An instance of check kiting.
verbkit·ed, kit·ing, kites
- To fly like a kite; soar or glide.
- To get money or credit with a kite.
Origin of kiteMiddle English, bird of prey, from Old English c&ymacron;ta.
In kite ABCD, AB = AD and CB = CD.
- Any of falconiform birds of prey in the subfamily Elaninae of the family Accipitridae with long wings and weak legs, feeding mostly on carrion and spending long periods soaring.
- A pair of kites built a nest on the cliff.
- A lightweight toy or other device carried on the wind and tethered and controlled from the ground by one or more lines.
- On windy spring days, we would fly kites.
- A tethered object which deflects its position in a medium by obtaining lift and drag in reaction with its relative motion in the medium.
- (geometry) A quadrilateral having two pairs of edges of equal length, the edges of each pair being consecutive.
- Four-sided figures without parallel sides include trapezoids and kites.
- (banking) A fraudulent draft, such as a check one drawn on insufficient funds or with altered face value.
- (astrology) A planetary configuration wherein one planet of a grand trine is in opposition to an additional fourth planet.
- (slang) An aircraft, or aeroplane.
- (sailing, dated) A lightweight sail set above the topgallants, such as a studding-sail.
- (sailing, slang) A spinnaker.
- (US, slang, prison) A short letter.
- (figuratively) A rapacious person.
- (UK, dialect) A fish, the brill.
(third-person singular simple present kites, present participle kiting, simple past and past participle kited)
- (rare, usually with "go") To fly a kite.
- I'm going kiting this weekend.
- To glide in the manner of a kite.
- The wind kited us toward shore.
- To travel by kite, as when kitesurfing.
- We spent the afternoon kiting around the bay.
- To toss or cast.
- (banking) To write a check on an account with insufficient funds, expecting that funds will become available by the time the check clears.
- He was convicted of kiting checks and sentenced to two years in prison.
- (US) To cause an increase, especially in costs.
- Rising interest rates have kited the cost of housing.
- (video games) To keep ahead of (a pursuing monster or mob) in order to attack it repeatedly from a distance, without exposing oneself to danger.
- (nautical, engineering) To deflect sideways in the water.
- (US, slang, prison) To send a short letter.
- (US, slang) To steal.
From Middle English kite, kete, from Old English cȳta (“kite, bittern”), from Proto-Germanic *kūtijô, diminutive of *kūts (“bird of prey”), from Proto-Indo-European *gū- (“to cry, screech”). Cognate with Scots kyt, kyte (“kite, bird of prey”), Middle High German kiuzelīn, kützlīn (“owling”), German Kauz (“barn owl, screech owl”).
Origin uncertain. Possibly from Middle English *kit, *kid (attested only in compounds: kidney), from Old English cwiþ (“belly, womb”), from Proto-Germanic *kweþuz (“stomach, belly”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʷet-, *gut- (“swelling, rounding; stomach, entrails”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʷu-, *gū- (“to bend, curve, bow, vault, distend”). Cognate with Icelandic kýta (“stomach of a fish, roe”), West Flemish kijte, kiete (“fleshy part of the body”), Middle Low German kūt (“entrails”), Icelandic kviður (“stomach”), kviði (“womb”).