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kite

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noun \ˈkīt\

Simple Definition of kite

  • : a toy that is made of a light frame covered with cloth, paper, or plastic and that is flown in the air at the end of a long string

  • : a type of hawk that has long, narrow wings

Full Definition of kite

  1. 1 :  any of various usually small hawks (family Accipitridae) with long narrow wings and often a notched or forked tail

  2. 2 :  a person who preys on others

  3. 3 :  a light frame covered with paper, cloth, or plastic, often provided with a stabilizing tail, and designed to be flown in the air at the end of a long string

  4. 4 :  a check drawn against uncollected funds in a bank account or fraudulently raised before cashing

  5. 5 :  a light sail used in a light breeze usually in addition to the regular working sails; especially :  spinnaker

kite·like adjective

Examples of kite

  1. The children were flying kites.

  2. <characterized the neighborhood store owners as kites who ruthlessly gouged their inner-city customers>



Origin of kite

Middle English, from Old English cȳta; akin to Middle High German kūze owl


First Known Use: before 12th century


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kite

verb

Definition of kite

kit·edkit·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to use (a bad check) to get credit or money

  3. 2 :  to cause to soar <kited the prices they charged wealthy clients>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 a :  to go in a rapid, carefree, or flighty manner b :  to rise rapidly :  soar

  6. 2 :  to get money or credit by a kite

kit·er noun


1839

First Known Use of kite

1839




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