- a check drawn against uncollected or insufficient funds, as for redepositing, with the intention of creating a false balance in the account by taking advantage of the time lapse required for collection.
- a check whose amount has been raised by forgery before cashing.
verb (used without object), kit·ed, kit·ing.
verb (used with object), kit·ed, kit·ing.
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Origin of kite
OTHER WORDS FROM kitekiter, nounkitelike, adjective
Words nearby kite
ABOUT THIS WORD
What else does kite mean?
Where does kite come from?
Kite, as prison slang for notes passed between inmates, was first recorded in the 1920s. It apparently takes its name from prisoners flinging notes on a string to one another, like flying a kite, as the activity was called.
In contemporary prison culture, kites are sent in a variety of creative ways, including when a prisoner passes a note while doing work such as laundry or delivering food. Kites may also be passed by addressing a letter to a fake address, putting the name and address of the intended recipient as the return address, and waiting for the post office to return to the “sender.”
Kite has become common enough in prison culture that any message, especially a written request, is referred to as a kite, including among staff. Want to see a doctor, get moved to another cell block, or complain about a guard? Send a kite or kite it. And kites complaining about prison staff, by the way, are known as fan mail.
How is kite used in real life?
Both inmates and correctional staff use kite to refer to messages and communication. Messages from inmates to people outside prison may also be called kites.
— Bossip (@Bossip) September 17, 2016
“@SWAGGAD0WNPAT: would one be right in assuming a prison "kite" is the equivalent to a real world "tweet"?”
Now you're getting it!
— Damien Echols (@damienechols) January 13, 2013
It's an @earhustlesq tradition! This season's "Catch a Kite" episode answers listener questions about sleep, soundtracks, signing in prison and more.
— Radiotopia (@radiotopia) September 11, 2019
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Example sentences from the Web for kite
Manned, unmanned, a balloon, a kite—you still have to get the information into the hands of the firefighters.Fighting Wildfire With Satellites, Lasers, and Drones|Elizabeth Lopatto|July 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Maybe not good enough to fly a kite with my face on it through Central Park, but better.Marlo Thomas Says Girls Should Feel Free to Be Like Hannah Horvath|Emily Shire|April 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He was a fairly well-known actor already—the star of The Kite Runner.How Jehane Noujaim Made The Year’s Most Dangerous Documentary ‘The Square’|Andrew Romano|February 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The author of The Kite Runner picks his favorite short story collections.
I thought I was going to write a kind of simple nostalgic story about two boys and their love of kite fighting.
When we went into the war we had never built a windlass for a kite balloon.America's Munitions 1917-1918|Benedict Crowell
And the glede, and the kite, and the vulture after his kind.The Romance of Names|Ernest Weekley
The full force of the breeze filled the kite and carried them along at not less than ten miles an hour.The Giant of the North|R.M. Ballantyne
The brown fish-owl (Ketupa ceylonensis) is a bird almost as large as a kite.A Bird Calendar for Northern India|Douglas Dewar
He consented, and being admitted into the cote waited for the Kite, whom he fell upon and devoured.Fantastic Fables|Ambrose Bierce
British Dictionary definitions for kite (1 of 2)
Derived forms of kitekiter, noun
Word Origin for kite
British Dictionary definitions for kite (2 of 2)
Idioms and Phrases with kite
see go fly a kite; high as a kite.