kite

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.

Primary Meanings of kite

1.
nv
plaything consisting of a light frame covered with tissue paper; flown in wind at end of a string
fly a kite
2.
nv
a bank check that has been fraudulently altered to increase its face value
increase the amount (of a check) fraudulently
3.
n
any of several small graceful hawks of the family Accipitridae having long pointed wings and feeding on insects and small animals
Full Definitions of kite
1

n plaything consisting of a light frame covered with tissue paper; flown in wind at end of a string

Types:
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

v fly a kite

“Kids were kiting in the park”
“They kited the Red Dragon model”
Type of:
fly
cause to fly or float

v soar or fly like a kite

“The pilot kited for a long time over the mountains”
Type of:
glide
fly in or as if in a glider plane
2

n a bank check that has been fraudulently altered to increase its face value

Type of:
bank check, check, cheque
a written order directing a bank to pay money

n a bank check drawn on insufficient funds at another bank in order to take advantage of the float

Type of:
bank check, check, cheque
a written order directing a bank to pay money

v increase the amount (of a check) fraudulently

“He kited many checks”
Type of:
increase
make bigger or more

v get credit or money by using a bad check

“The businessman kited millions of dollars”
Type of:
obtain
come into possession of
3

n any of several small graceful hawks of the family Accipitridae having long pointed wings and feeding on insects and small animals

Types:
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:
hawk
diurnal bird of prey typically having short rounded wings and a long tail

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