Kite

Noun

  • (Britain, dialect) A fish, the brill.
  • A bird of prey of the family Accipitridae belonging to one of the following groups:

    "A pair of kites built a nest on the cliff."

  • A lightweight toy or other device carried on the wind and tethered and controlled from the ground by one or more lines.

    "On windy spring days, we would fly kites."

  • (banking) A fraudulent draft, such as a check one drawn on insufficient funds or with altered face value.
  • (Britain dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) The stomach; belly.
  • (sailing, dated) A lightweight sail set above the topgallants, such as a studding-sail.
  • (figuratively) A rapacious person.
  • A bird of genus Elanus, having thin pointed wings, that preys on rodents and hunts by hovering. Also, any bird of related genera in the subfamily Elaninae.
  • (geometry) A quadrilateral having two pairs of edges of equal length, the edges of each pair being consecutive.

    "Four-sided figures without parallel sides include trapezoids and kites."

  • (slang) An aircraft, or aeroplane.
  • (US, slang, prison) A short letter.
  • Any bird of subfamily Milvinae, with long wings and weak legs, feeding mostly on carrion and spending long periods soaring.
  • A tethered object which deflects its position in a medium by obtaining lift and drag in reaction with its relative motion in the medium.
  • (astrology) A planetary configuration wherein one planet of a grand trine is in opposition to an additional fourth planet.
  • (rare) A weight-measure unit from Ancient Egypt, equivalent to 0.1 deben
  • (sailing, slang) A spinnaker.

Verb

  • To travel by kite, as when kitesurfing.

    "We spent the afternoon kiting around the bay."

  • (US) To cause an increase, especially in costs.

    "Rising interest rates have kited the cost of housing."

  • (US, slang, prison) To send a short letter.
  • To glide in the manner of a kite.

    "The wind kited us toward shore."

  • (banking) To write a check on an account with insufficient funds, expecting that funds will become available by the time the check clears.

    "He was convicted of kiting checks and sentenced to two years in prison."

  • (nautical, engineering) To deflect sideways in the water.
  • (obsolete) To hunt with a hawk.
  • (rare, usually with "go") To fly a kite.

    "I'm going kiting this weekend."

  • To toss or cast.
  • (video games) To keep ahead of (a pursuing monster or mob) in order to attack it repeatedly from a distance, without exposing oneself to danger.
  • (US, slang) To steal.

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