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kite

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noun \ˈkīt\

Definition of kite

  1. 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. 2 :  any of various usually small hawks (family Accipitridae) with long narrow wings and often a notched or forked tail

  3. 3 :  a person who preys on others

  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

kitelike

play \ˈkīt-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of kite in a Sentence

  1. The children were flying kites.

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

Origin and Etymology 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

kited

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kiting

  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. 1a :  to go in a rapid, carefree, or flighty mannerb :  to rise rapidly :  soar

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

kiter

noun

1839

First Known Use of kite

1839



KITE Defined for English Language Learners

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kite

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noun \ˈkīt\

Definition of kite for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

kite

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noun \ˈkīt\

Definition of kite for Students

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

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



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