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 kite (audio) \ adjective

Verb

kiter noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for kite

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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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 Sweeney rebuilt levies around the island, opened a kite-surfing center and announced plans to re-establish the club for duck hunters, whose prey swim in ponds maintained by the levies and tidal gates. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, "Delta island owner ordered to clean up landfill dumped into Suisun Bay," 23 Feb. 2021 Circular kite composed of smaller tetrahedral shapes that was built by Bell and his team. Leslie Nemo, Scientific American, "Alexander Graham Bell Goes and Flies a Kite—For Science," 21 Jan. 2021 Another option is to use a kite to get across the river. Rhett Allain, Wired, "How to Calculate the String Angle of a Kite vs. a Balloon," 15 Feb. 2021 Bell and his team, called the Aerial Experiment Association, ultimately focused their kite designs on tetrahedrons, or pyramids made of four triangles, and biplane structures, several of which used red silk. Leslie Nemo, Scientific American, "Alexander Graham Bell Goes and Flies a Kite—For Science," 21 Jan. 2021 Fly a kite and watch ice carvers, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 1. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What’s going on in southeastern Wisconsin area this winter," 30 Dec. 2020 In 2017, after Horn completed a daring, 3,100-mile solo kite-ski crossing of Antarctica, Ousland called with congratulations. Adventure, "The untold story of the boldest polar expedition of modern times," 23 Dec. 2020 Johnson has been in the Sunrise Drive area for decades, Monroe said, and has done plenty of other neighborly things, like giving her son a kite to fly and watching over the street for safety. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, "‘I’m so grateful’," 26 Nov. 2020 Shipbuilders are also incorporating other wind-propulsion technologies, such as kite-style sails. Lynn Freehill-maye, Scientific American, "Rotating Sails Help to Revive Wind-Powered Shipping," 23 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Got stacks of your kid’s artwork? Clip the birthday child's creations to kite string and hang it along the walls, no tape necessary. Jamie Kiffel-alcheh, National Geographic, "How to throw an (almost) zero-waste birthday party," 26 Feb. 2020 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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The first known use of kite was before the 12th century

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More Definitions for kite

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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