[ kahyt ]
/ kaɪt /
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a light frame covered with some thin material, to be flown in the wind at the end of a long string.
any of several small birds of the hawk family Accipitridae that have long, pointed wings, feed on insects, carrion, reptiles, rodents, and birds, and are noted for their graceful, gliding flight.Compare black kite, swallow-tailed kite, white-tailed kite.
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.
verb (used without object), kit·ed, kit·ing.
Informal. to fly or move with a rapid or easy motion like that of a kite.
to obtain money or credit through kites.
verb (used with object), kit·ed, kit·ing.
to employ (a check or the like) as a kite; to cash or pass (a kite, forged check, etc.).
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Origin of kite
First recorded before 900 for def. 2; 1655–65 for def. 1; Middle English kyte,Old English cȳta “kite, bittern”; akin to German Kauz “owl”
OTHER WORDS FROM kitekiter, nounkitelike, 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)
/ (kaɪt) /
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)
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
Derived forms of kitekiter, noun
Word Origin for kite
Old English cӯta; related to Middle High German küze owl, Old Norse kӯta to quarrel
British Dictionary definitions for kite (2 of 2)
/ (kəɪt) /
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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