• WordNet 3.6
    • v kite fly a kite "Kids were kiting in the park","They kited the Red Dragon model"
    • v kite soar or fly like a kite "The pilot kited for a long time over the mountains"
    • v kite get credit or money by using a bad check "The businessman kited millions of dollars"
    • v kite increase the amount (of a check) fraudulently "He kited many checks"
    • n kite any of several small graceful hawks of the family Accipitridae having long pointed wings and feeding on insects and small animals
    • n kite plaything consisting of a light frame covered with tissue paper; flown in wind at end of a string
    • n kite a bank check drawn on insufficient funds at another bank in order to take advantage of the float
    • n kite a bank check that has been fraudulently altered to increase its face value
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A Kite A Kite
Flying A Kite Flying A Kite

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Kite flying is a professional sport in Thailand
    • Kite (Naut) A form of drag to be towed under water at any depth up to about forty fathoms, which on striking bottom is upset and rises to the surface; -- called also sentry.
    • Kite A light frame of wood or other material covered with paper or cloth, for flying in the air at the end of a string.
    • Kite (Naut) A lofty sail, carried only when the wind is light.
    • Kite (Geom) A quadrilateral, one of whose diagonals is an axis of symmetry.
    • Kite (Zoöl) Any raptorial bird of the subfamily Milvinæ, of which many species are known. They have long wings, adapted for soaring, and usually a forked tail.
    • Kite Fictitious commercial paper used for raising money or to sustain credit, as a check which represents no deposit in bank, or a bill of exchange not sanctioned by sale of goods; an accommodation check or bill.
    • Kite Fig.: One who is rapacious. "Detested kite , thou liest."
    • n Kite The belly.
    • Kite (Zoöl) The brill.
    • v. i Kite To raise money by “kites;” as, kiting transactions. See Kite, 6.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The bridge across the Niagra Falls began with a kite carrying a line across it.
    • n kite A diurnal bird of prey of the family Falconidæ and subfamily Milvinæ; a glede. The kites are among the inferior hawks, having a rather weak bill without a tooth, small feet with moderate talons, long pointed wings, and usually long, often forked tail; but there are no diagnostic characters by which the kites can be defined with precision. They prey upon humble quarry, as insects, reptiles, and small birds and mammals. The common kite or glede of Europe is Milvus ictinus, regalis, or vulgaris. a bird 2 feet long, the wing 20 inches, of a brown color above, the feathers with reddish edgings, the under parts mostly rufous; the tail is 15 inches long, forked. Milvus ægyptius is the Arabian kite; M. ater is the black kite of Africa and parts of Europe; M. govinda is the Indian kite; M. isurus, the Anstralian, in which the head is crested. Elanoides forficatus is the beautiful swallow-tailed kite of the United States, glossy black and white, with a long, deeply furcate tail. (See cut under Elanoides.) Nauclerus riocouri is a corresponding African species. The white-tailed or pearl kite of the United States is Elanus leucurus; and there are several other species of this genus in the warmer parts of the world. The Mississippi kite is Ictinia mississippiensis; and a very similar species, Ictinia plumbea. inhabits South America. In Swainson's system of classification a certain group of hawks which he called Cymindinæ were named kites. The name has been misapplied to various hawks of different genera, as Buteo, Circus, etc. See glede and hawk, 1.
    • n kite A sharper.
    • n kite [Prob. so called from its hovering in the air, like the bird so named.] A light frame, usually of wood and covered with paper, constructed for flying in the air by means of a long cord attached. In western countries the flying of kites is chiefly an amusement of boys; but in Japan, and to a less extent in China, it is a national pastime of adults, often practised in competitive contests, with kites of elaborate construction.
    • n kite Nautical, one of the highest and lightest sails; one of the small sails that are usually spread in light winds, and furled in a strong breeze.
    • n kite The brill. [Local, Eng.]
    • kite To go or fly with great rapidity or with the ease of a kite: as, to go kiting about.
    • kite To fly commercial “kites”; raise money or gain the temporary use of money by means of accommodation bills, or by borrowed, illegally certified, or worthless checks.
    • n kite The belly.
    • kite A dialectal variant of kit for cut.
    • n kite A variety of tumbler, black, with the inner webs of the primaries red or yellow.
    • n kite Something thrown out as a suggestion to see ‘how the wind blows’—what the condition of public opinion is on a certain subject, or what conclusions may inferentially be drawn.
    • n kite In geometry, a deltoid: so called by Sylvester from its resemblance to a spear-kite.
    • kite To fly a bird-shaped kite over a grouse moor: an English sporting-term. The birds, taking this for a hawk, lie close, until the dogs are near.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: What does a Dead Leaf, Paper Kite, Blue Striped Crow,Julia and Great Egg Fly have in common? They're all butterflies!Thanx Bijou
    • n Kite kīt a rapacious bird of the hawk kind: a rapacious person: a light frame covered with paper for flying in the air, attached to a long cord, by means of which it is steered: a light and lofty sail: an accommodation bill, esp. a mere paper credit
    • n Kite kīt (Scot.) the belly
    • Kite Also Kyte
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  • John Neal
    John Neal
    “A certain amount of opposition is a great help to a man. Kites rise against, not with, the wind.”
  • John Petit-Senn
    John Petit-Senn
    “True courage is like a kite; a contrary wind raises it higher.”
  • Lauren Bacall
    Lauren Bacall
    “Imagination is the highest kite one can fly.”
  • Ishikawa Takuboku
    Ishikawa Takuboku
    “Like a kite cut from the string, lightly the soul of my youth has taken flight”


Go fly a kite - (USA) This is used to tell someone to go away and leave you alone.
High as a kite - If someone's as high as a kite, it means they have had too much to drink or are under the influence of drugs.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. kyte, AS. cȳta,; cf. W. cud, cut,


In literature:

If I had seen it in daylight, and in Merry England, I would have said it was a kite!
"Fast in the Ice" by R.M. Ballantyne
Kites are almost equally skilled.
"Birds of the Indian Hills" by Douglas Dewar
Have you ever seen a kite as large as mine?
"Peter the Priest" by Mór Jókai
A string long enough to reach to the ground is fastened to a kite.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
It is all on account of the kite that there are more of us.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1902 to 1903" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
That won't be half a kite.
"Hollowdell Grange" by George Manville Fenn
The kites were of various shapes: bow kites, two-stick kites, and house kites.
"Boy Life" by William Dean Howells
"The Fables of Phædrus" by Phaedrus
And the little boys wanted to carry their kite.
"The Peterkin Papers" by Lucretia P Hale
He bust my kite, an' he cribbed my marvels, didn't he?
"That Lass O' Lowrie's" by Frances Hodgson Burnett

In poetry:

Dead bodies, that the kite
In deserts makes its prey;
Murders, that with affright
Scare school-boys from their play!
"The Witnesses" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The first balloons I sought to sail,
Soap-bubbles fair, but all too frail,
Or kites,--but thereby hangs a tail.
"Avitor" by Francis Bret Harte
Now lonely to the cloudy height Of the steep hill she strays;
Below, the raven wings his flight,
And often on the screaming kite
She sees the wild deer gaze.
"The Harp Of Hoel" by William Lisle Bowles
That night the Old Baron gave Uncle his bride,
When he saw her he fainted with horror,
She'd a face like a kite, worse than that the old Baron
Said 'George. you'll be Saint George tomorrow.
"St. George and the Dragon" by Weston and Lee
"It was them there flyin' kites of 'ers done it," said he,
"Runnin' down the Tropics a sight she was to see,
A pictur' to see with 'er sails both large and small,
An' 'er pretty skysails atop of 'em all."
"Flying Kites" by Cicely Fox Smith
'Twas thus that Gosh's famous schools
Turned out great hordes of learned fools:
Turned out the ship without a sail,
Turned out the kite with leaden tail,
Turned out the mind that could not soar
Because of foolish weights it bore.
"The Debate" by C J Dennis

In news:

John Lennon was inspired to write "Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite".
' Kite Runner' author holds fundraiser in San Jose.
ABC7 anchor Cheryl Jennings moderated a fundraising event Friday night with " Kite Runner" author Khaled Hosseini.
' Kite Runner' author Khaled Hosseini: building a bridge between Afghanistan and the West.
Could they do the same with kites .
We wouldn't want a model rocket crashing through one of those kites .
Eventually control of the kites will be automated by a computer.
I'm sure the kites themselves in the air are a sight to see.
One of the test kites being used to create energy according to a method designed by Nature Technology Systems in Germany makes its first flight.
She is the daughter of William E and Beulah Atkinson of Shawsville, Va. Mrs Kite was preceded in death by her parents.
Husband, Ewie Lee Kite .
Tom Kite shot a 3-under 69 on Saturday at Pebble Beach for a share of the lead with Brad Bryant after the second round of the First Tee Open.
Have a colorful background from a variety of kites as the weeklong Washington State International Kite Festival.
For-Mar's Family Picnic & Kite Day is Saturday.
The For-Mar Family Picnic and Kite Day is Saturday, July 7th from 11-2.

In science:

If G is a planar graph with no kites and ∆ ≥ 7, then χ′′ l (G) ≤ ∆ + 2.
Edge-choosability and total-choosability of planar graphs with no adjacent 3-cycles
If G is a planar graph with no kites and ∆ ≥ 9, then χ′′ l (G) = ∆ + 1.
Edge-choosability and total-choosability of planar graphs with no adjacent 3-cycles
The geometric shape resulting in the one time application of the Katok-Zemlyakov construction to a given triangle is called a KITE and is shown on the pic 1.
Splitting time for irrational triangle billiards
The next picture shows the Katok-Zemlyakov construction for a given billiard tra jectory inside the kite.
Splitting time for irrational triangle billiards
We now fix a kite, obtained from a given triangle and we denote as α and β the angles of a kite corresponding to the endpoints of the ”reflecting” side of the triangle and assume that α < β .
Splitting time for irrational triangle billiards