Adjective "kite" definition and examples

(Kite may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/kʌɪt/

Definitions and examples

noun

A toy consisting of a light frame with thin material stretched over it, flown in the wind at the end of a long string.
  1. 'Kids were flying kites and men were playing soccer.'
  2. 'Alex said that when he was about six, he remembers hiking to the top of a mountain with his grandparents and flying kites with his grandfather.'
  3. 'In 1899 they built a little five-foot wingspan biplane kite to test out their control system.'
  4. 'Don't let the ground crew wash down your kite.'
  5. 'The full effect of a strong Westerly with accompanying big Atlantic seas was felt on the second day when the race officer ordered small kites to be used.'
A medium to large long-winged bird of prey which typically has a forked tail and frequently soars on updraughts of air.
  1. 'Initially, they could not figure out if the bird was a kite or an eagle.'
  2. 'Today, in a scene the Victorians would have recognised, kites can be seen flying 50 ft above villages in the Chilterns.'
  3. 'Proponents claimed that the improved stork habitat would benefit the kites as well, which also frequented that area.'
A fraudulent cheque, bill, or receipt.
    A quadrilateral figure having two pairs of equal adjacent sides, symmetrical only about one diagonal.

      verb

      Fly a kite.
      1. 'The popularity of traditional kiting dipped a few years ago as people took up power kiting - using a large kite to power a buggy, skateboard or surf board.'
      2. 'he kited into England on Concorde'
      3. 'They can glide with wings held level, and kite (soar on the wind without flapping wings) and hover in moderate winds.'
      Write or use (a cheque, bill, or receipt) fraudulently.
      1. 'Prosecutors haven't revealed how he was tracked down, but as part of the plea deal they agreed not to prosecute the former fed for kiting checks through his Bank of America account while a fugitive.'
      2. 'The book opens with Blanche White in jail for unsuccessfully kiting checks to buy groceries with.'

      More definitions

      1. a light frame covered with some thin material, to be flown in the wind at the end of a long string.

      2. any of several small birds of the hawk family Accipitridae that have long, pointed wings, feed on insects, carrion, reptiles, rodents, and birds, and are noted for their graceful, gliding flight.Compare black kite, swallow-tailed kite, white-tailed kite.

      3. Nautical. flying kite.

      4. Finance. a check drawn against uncollected or insufficient funds, as for redepositing, with t

      More examples(as adjective)

      "strings can be kite."

      Origin

      (kite)Old English cȳta (in kite (sense 2 of the noun)); probably of imitative origin and related to German Kauz ‘screech owl’. The toy was so named because it hovers in the air like the bird.

      Phrase

      (as) high as a kite