kite

noun
\ ˈkīt How to pronounce kite (audio) \

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 How to pronounce kitelike (audio) \ 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

Though there is footage of boys being boys, doing things like flying the kites Kabul is celebrated for, the somber reality of living in a combat zone is never far from the surface. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Afghan school rises above country’s tumult in ‘Angels Are Made of Light’," 8 Aug. 2019 But whatever the reason, that song seems to do the trick for the Giants, much like the kite Falcon McFalconface does for the A’s across the Bay at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Chuck Schilken, latimes.com, "Seagulls don't seem to like hearing the 'Cha Cha Slide' at San Francisco Giants games," 3 July 2019 The flaming kites, which have torched wide swaths of Israeli farmland, have come amid near-weekly demonstrations led by Hamas along the volatile frontier since late March. Caron Creighton, Fox News, "UN criticizes Israeli closure of Gaza border crossing," 10 July 2018 That’s the brightest shiner in the constellation Bootes the Herdsman that looks much more like a giant upright celestial kite in the western sky with Arcturus stationed at the tail. Mike Lynch, Twin Cities, "Sky Watch: September celestial splendor," 1 Sep. 2019 The commission also faulted Hamas, the militant group that rules Gaza, for encouraging Palestinians there to burn thousands of acres of Israeli farmland with improvised incendiary devices floated over the border on balloons and kites.... Dov Lieber, WSJ, "U.N. Slams Israel Over Violent Crackdown on Gaza Protesters," 28 Feb. 2019 Israel has been 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. Wafaa Shurafa, chicagotribune.com, "Palestinians say 13-year-old killed by Israeli gunfire along border fence," 30 June 2018 Flying kites, balloons and lanterns were also banned in nearly half of the city’s 16 districts starting on Sept. 15, the Beijing municipal government said on its website. Fox News, "China bans flying pigeons, drones as Beijing preps for 70th anniversary military parade," 16 Sep. 2019 Items in the museum include kites, masks, whirligigs, dolls, animal figures, rugs, paintings, carvings from wood and from recycled Styrofoam. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland.com, "Private folk art museum opens in Medina County," 21 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The ecommerce giant maintains a list of restricted product categories that ranges from weapons such as firearms, to booze and tobacco products, to pets, to kite strings for the niche sport of kite fighting. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "Why You Still Can’t Buy Fireworks on Amazon," 1 July 2019 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 How to pronounce kite (audio) \

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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