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flying kite

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noun Nautical.
  1. any of various sails set above the royals or skysails in light weather; jolly jumper.
  2. any of various light upper staysails, studdingsails, or jibs.
  3. (in yachting) any of various racing sails, as spinnakers or balloon jibs.
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Origin of flying kite

First recorded in 1810–20
Also called kite.
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Examples from the Web for flying kite

Historical Examples

  • 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

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

    Stories of Invention

    Edward E. Hale