- 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.
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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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How to use kite in a sentence
The plan was to utilize kites attached to their harnesses to help aid locomotion, effectively towing them across the frozen landscape.
The other interesting thing to know about this particular Thanksgiving is that I’m in love – dizzying, heart palpitating, feeling high as a kite love.
It was an odd-looking thing, essentially an oval kite, quite a bit longer than it was wide, and lacking—as birds did—a fin or rudder to keep it pointed in the right direction.
On most Saturdays and Sundays, we usually head up into the mountains, go for a hike, fly a kite, splash around in a stream maybe.Investors continue to push global stocks into record territory|Bernhard Warner|August 24, 2020|Fortune
A speeding racecar, a flying kite, a kid cruising along on rollerblades — they all have momentum.
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
Founded in 2006 by some entrepreneurial kite surfers, Makani makes flying wind turbines.Google Buys Flying-Wind-Turbine Company Makani Power|Josh Dzieza|May 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The author of The Kite Runner picks his favorite short story collections.
It occurred to him then, for the first time, that a third resource was open—he might cut the rope, and let the kite go free!
These Eskimos were very fond of kite-flying, for its own sake, without reference to utility!
The third boat and kite had been damaged beyond repair, but the two left were sufficient.
It needed only an exertion of will for the soul to hurl the body ashore as wind drives paper; to waft it kite-fashion to the bank.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II|Rudyard Kipling
Being towed by Chets big kite had became a game that all hands wanted to try.The Girls of Central High on the Stage|Gertrude W. Morrison
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)
Other Idioms and Phrases with kite
see go fly a kite; high as a kite.