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

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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

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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

An estimated 6,000 acres have been destroyed in hundreds of blazes caused by flaming kites, helium balloons, and now condoms, according to Israeli officials. Alisa Odenheimer, chicagotribune.com, "Flaming condoms, kites, balloons from Gaza used to set fields ablaze in southern Israel," 21 June 2018 Israeli drones and surveillance balloons flew overhead, as did the occasional kite in the Palestinian national colors of red, black, white and green. David M. Halbfinger, Iyad Abuheweila And Isabel Kershner, New York Times, "10 Killed in Gaza as Palestinian Protesters Face Off With Israeli Soldiers," 6 Apr. 2018 Wing is using autonomous drones the size of large kites to deliver food and medicine in rural Australia; the drones rely on satellite imagery to determine the safest place to set down objects in a backyard. Douglas Macmillan, WSJ, "Astro Teller, ‘Captain of Moonshots’ at Alphabet’s X, Is on a Roll," 23 Oct. 2018 On the Israeli side, fire crews struggled to keep up as kites carrying flaming rags floated over from Gaza during an unseasonable heat wave. Noga Tarnopolsky, latimes.com, "Palestinians vow to press on with border protests in Gaza as U.N. calls for inquiry," 18 May 2018 That’s because a bag that looks and performs great on a kite-surfing holiday won’t usually suffice for an office commute or trips to the gym. Thomas Ricker, The Verge, "‘The world’s most versatile waterproof backpack’ review," 20 Nov. 2018 The gatherings last Friday, Nov. 2, and on Friday were some of the calmest in months, with protesters mostly staying away from the fence and refraining from burning tires and kites. Felicia Schwartz, WSJ, "Misery Relents in Gaza Amid Israel-Hamas Truce Talks," 9 Nov. 2018 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

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

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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

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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.

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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

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