a light frame covered with some thin material, to be flown in the wind at the end of a long string.
Nautical. flying kite.
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.
a person who preys on others; sharper.
Informal. to fly or move with a rapid or easy motion like that of a kite.
to obtain money or credit through kites.
to employ (a check or the like) as a kite; to cash or pass (a kite, forged check, etc.).
- kiter, noun
- kitelike, adjective
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How to use kite in a sentence
To that end, he joined his siblings in neighborhood kite battles, clambering over rooftops while flying kites with strings covered in powdered glass.Ved Mehta, whose monumental autobiography explored life in India, dies at 86 | Harrison Smith | January 12, 2021 | Washington Post
British Dictionary definitions for kite (1 of 2)
a light frame covered with a thin material flown in the wind at the end of a length of string
British slang an aeroplane
(plural) nautical any of various light sails set in addition to the working sails of a vessel
any diurnal bird of prey of the genera Milvus, Elanus, etc, typically having a long forked tail and long broad wings and usually preying on small mammals and insects: family Accipitridae (hawks, etc)
archaic a person who preys on others
commerce a negotiable paper drawn without any actual transaction or assets and designed to obtain money on credit, give an impression of affluence, etc
fly a kite See fly 1 (def. 14)
high as a kite See high (def. 30)
to issue (fictitious papers) to obtain credit or money
(tr) US and Canadian to write (a cheque) in anticipation of sufficient funds to cover it
(intr) to soar and glide
- kiter, noun
British Dictionary definitions for kite (2 of 2)
a variant spelling of kyte
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Other Idioms and Phrases with kite
see go fly a kite; high as a kite.
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