A kite is a diamond-shaped flying toy on a string that's usually made of fabric or paper. If someone tells you "to go fly a kite," they want to get rid of you. If you follow their directions, however, you will end up having fun.

When you fly a kite, you unspool your string as the kite catches a breeze and rises higher and higher in the air. Kites were first flown in China, most likely around the fifth century BCE. Another kind of kite is the small hawk famous in ancient Egyptian mythology as the animal form taken by Isis when she brought the dead back to life. The toy kite is named after the bird, since they both soar through the air.

Definitions of kite
  1. noun
    plaything consisting of a light frame covered with tissue paper; flown in wind at end of a string
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    box kite
    a kite shaped like a box open at both ends
    sport kite, stunt kite
    a maneuverable kite controlled by two lines and flown with both hands
    type of:
    plaything, toy
    an artifact designed to be played with
  2. verb
    fly a kite
    “Kids were kiting in the park”
    “They kited the Red Dragon model”
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    type of:
    cause to fly or float
  3. verb
    soar or fly like a kite
    “The pilot kited for a long time over the mountains”
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    type of:
    fly in or as if in a glider plane
  4. noun
    a bank check that has been fraudulently altered to increase its face value
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    type of:
    bank check, check, cheque
    a written order directing a bank to pay money
  5. noun
    a bank check drawn on insufficient funds at another bank in order to take advantage of the float
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    type of:
    bank check, check, cheque
    a written order directing a bank to pay money
  6. verb
    increase the amount (of a check) fraudulently
    “He kited many checks”
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    type of:
    make bigger or more
  7. verb
    get credit or money by using a bad check
    “The businessman kited millions of dollars”
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    type of:
    come into possession of
  8. noun
    any of several small graceful hawks of the family Accipitridae having long pointed wings and feeding on insects and small animals
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    Milvus migrans, black kite
    dark Old World kite feeding chiefly on carrion
    Elanoides forficatus, swallow-tailed hawk, swallow-tailed kite
    graceful North American black-and-white kite
    Elanus leucurus, white-tailed kite
    grey-and-white American kite of warm and tropical regions
    type of:
    diurnal bird of prey typically having short rounded wings and a long tail
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