Definition of kite
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
kitelikeplay \ˈkīt-ˌlīk\ adjective
Examples of kite in a Sentence
The children were flying kites.
characterized the neighborhood store owners as kites who ruthlessly gouged their inner-city customers
Recent Examples of kite from the Web
But this year, even revelers flying colorful box kites were chased inside by the rain.
In February he was photographed kite surfing with billionaire Richard Branson in the British Virgin Islands.
Activities here also include kite surfing, being glamorous, and indulging in super-spendy spa treatments (a couple’s massage starts at $220 for a half hour — also the price of a full night in many hotels that are not this one).
The top of the dunes offers a great view and also is the perfect place to fly a kite.
Offshore anglers frequently use kites to bob their baits along the water's surface.
Riders use large kites to harness the wind and fly across the water.
Collected here, some delightful images of kites in flight around the world from the past century.
Nearby shores don’t have bikini-peacock sunbathers and the So-Cal-kinda vibe but wind and kite surfers.
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Origin and Etymology of kite
Middle English, from Old English cȳta; akin to Middle High German kūze owl
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of kite
1 : to use (a bad check) to get credit or money
2 : to cause to soar kited the prices they charged wealthy clients
1a : to go in a rapid, carefree, or flighty mannerb : to rise rapidly : soar
2 : to get money or credit by a kite
First Known Use of kite
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.
KITE Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of kite for Students
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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