kite

noun
\ˈkīt \

Definition of kite 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : 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

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

3 : a person who preys on others

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

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

kite

verb
kited; kiting

Definition of kite (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to use (a bad check) to get credit or money

2 : to cause to soar kited the prices they charged wealthy clients

intransitive verb

1a : to go in a rapid, carefree, or flighty manner

b : to rise rapidly : soar

2 : to get money or credit by a kite

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from kite

Noun

kitelike \ ˈkīt-​ˌlīk \ adjective

Verb

kiter noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for kite

Synonyms: Noun

bloodsucker, buzzard, harpy, predator, shark, vampire, vulture, wolf

Antonyms: Noun

prey

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of kite in a Sentence

Noun

The children were flying kites. characterized the neighborhood store owners as kites who ruthlessly gouged their inner-city customers

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Three brothers read a story about building a kite that could lift a human being off the ground. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Making things is now a global movement. But is the U.S. making enough?," 27 Aug. 2018 At one point, the army said, the protesters tried unsuccessfully to fly a firebomb over the border with a kite. Erin Cunningham And Ruth Eglash, chicagotribune.com, "Thousands of Palestinians demonstrate at Gaza border for a third week, hundreds injured," 13 Apr. 2018 Is the Cure in Lincoln Park Stockton and LaSalle drives Decorate and fly kites to honor lung cancer patients and those who have died from the disease at the ninth annual 5K fun run benefiting the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation. Samantha Nelson, RedEye Chicago, "Your ultimate guide to Chicago race season," 23 Mar. 2018 Over the past months, Palestinians have mainly fired small arms, flown flaming kites and attempted to cross the border in small groups. Felicia Schwartz And Dov Lieber, WSJ, "Israeli Jets Hit Gaza Targets After Militants Fire Projectiles Over Border," 29 May 2018 At the barrier, young men threw stones and tried to launch kites carrying flames in hopes of burning crops on the other side. Chuck Todd, NBC News, "Will 2018 be the fourth-straight "change" midterm election?," 14 May 2018 Israel is also battling large fires caused by the flaming kites and arson balloons launched from Gaza that have destroyed forests, burned crops and killed wildlife and livestock. NBC News, "An Israeli shell killed Amr Samour in Gaza, even though he wasn't a protester," 9 July 2018 Kids will especially love the Giant Kites of Yves LaForest flying around the park — these are huge, colorful kites in the shapes of animals. Elena Weissmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "All you need to know about the July 3 fireworks in Milwaukee," 29 June 2018 On Tuesday, a senior Israeli official called on the military to kill Palestinians who launch the kites as well as Hamas commanders in Gaza. Washington Post, "Israel: Shooting of female Palestinian medic unintentional," 5 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

My favorite board to kite on in all different conditions, from big waves to small, mushy waves. David Walters, Marie Claire, "Let Moona Whyte Explain "Body Dragging"," 24 May 2018 Here's hoping City Hosts will have a different outcome — and to consequently kite surfing in San Fran. Kelsey Kloss, ELLE Decor, "Airbnb Testing "City Hosts" To Pair Travelers With Local Tour Guides," 15 Sep. 2016 After departing the White House in January, Obama has spent the last six months on a world tour, doing everything from whitewater rafting in Bali and exploring Italy to kite surfing on Richard Branson's private island. Zoë Weiner, Glamour, "Celebrities Take to Twitter to Wish Barack Obama a Happy Birthday," 4 Aug. 2017 Here's hoping City Hosts will have a different outcome — and to consequently kite surfing in San Fran. Kelsey Kloss, ELLE Decor, "Airbnb Testing "City Hosts" To Pair Travelers With Local Tour Guides," 15 Sep. 2016

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'kite.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of kite

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb

1839, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for kite

Noun

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about kite

Statistics for kite

Last Updated

14 Nov 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for kite

The first known use of kite was before the 12th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for kite

kite

verb

Financial Definition of kite

What It Is

Kiting is the illegal practice of exploiting settlement delays to transfer unavailable funds from one bank account to another.

In the brokerage industry, kiting occurs when a securities firm fails to settle buy and sell orders by the proper settlement deadline.

How It Works

Let's say you have a checking account at Bank ABC and a checking account at Bank XYZ. You use the Bank ABC account to pay the household utility bills, and your electric bill is set up on autopay. Your electric bill this month is $200, and it's going to come out of the Bank ABC account today. However, you only have $15 in the account.

You could move money into the account from the Bank XYZ account, but that account only has $5 in it, so that won't work. If you engage in kiting, you would write a Bank XYZ check for $200 to the Bank ABC account. You take the $200 check to Bank ABC, which instantly credits your ABC account with $200 -- enough to pay the bill. You do this knowing that you don't have $200 in the Bank XYZ account but that actually takes two days for the check to settle. In other words, you won't see a $200 deduction in your Bank XYZ account for two days. If, say, your $1,000 paycheck is scheduled to be deposited into the Bank XYZ bank account tomorrow, you might be tempted to do this, but the act of transferring money you don't have is still kiting.

Why It Matters

Kiting is more difficult to pull off these days, because settlement times have shortened dramatically. Banks also often put holds on deposits, and of course they charge hefty fees for bounced checks.

Source: Investing Answers

kite

noun

English Language Learners 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

kite

noun
\ˈkīt \

Kids Definition of kite

1 : a toy that consists of a light covered frame for flying in the air at the end of a long string

2 : a small hawk with long narrow wings and deeply forked tail that feeds mostly on insects and small reptiles

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on kite

What made you want to look up kite? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

by force of circumstances

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Vocab Quiz

  • the-education-of-achilles-eugne-delacroix
  • Which is a synonym of discomfit?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!