flying kite


noun Nautical.

any of various sails set above the royals or skysails in light weather; jolly jumper.
any of various light upper staysails, studdingsails, or jibs.
(in yachting) any of various racing sails, as spinnakers or balloon jibs.

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Also called kite.

Origin of flying kite

First recorded in 1810–20
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Example sentences from the Web for flying kite

  • There was a good deal of special skill required for the production of a flying-kite.

    Stories of Invention|Edward E. Hale
  • It is very destructive to the flying-kite school, and many lives have been sacrificed by it.

    The Sailor's Word-Book|William Henry Smyth