Kite

From zikkir
Jump to: navigation, search

English

File:Black-winged Kite NAUMANN.jpg
The black-winged kite.

Noun

Kite (plural Kites)
  1. A bird of prey in the family Accipitridae with long wings and weak legs, feeding mostly on carrion and spending long periods soaring.
    A pair of kites built a nest on the cliff.
  2. A lightweight toy carried on the wind and controlled from the ground by a line.
    On windy spring days, we would fly kites.
  3. A tethered object which deflects its position in a medium by obtaining lift and drag in reaction with its relative motion in the medium.
    • 1906 September 12
    The purpose of the water kite is to float beneath or beside the ship at a depth sufficient to insure safety.
  4. (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.
  5. (banking) A fraudulent draft, such as a check one drawn on insufficient funds or with altered face value.
    • 1991 May 21 Alex Barnum
    But she said, "if this was a kite, he didn't realize that you don't have the float time of the old days," which made check-kiting easier.
  6. (astrology) A planetary configuration wherein one planet of a grand trine is in opposition to an additional fourth planet.
  7. (slang) An aircraft, or aeroplane.
  8. (sailing, dated) A lightweight sail set above the topgallants, such as a studding-sail.
  9. (sailing, slang) A spinnaker.
  10. (US, slang, prison) A short letter.

Derived terms

Verb

Kite (third-person singular simple present Kites, present participle kiting, simple past and past participle kited)

  1. (rare, usually with "go") To fly a kite.
    I'm going kiting this weekend.
  2. To glide in the manner of a kite.
    The wind kited us toward shore.
  3. To travel by kite, as when kitesurfing.
    We spent the afternoon kiting around the bay.
  4. To toss or cast.
  5. (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.
  6. (US) To cause an increase, especially in costs.
    Rising interest rates have kited the cost of housing.
  7. (video games) To attack and destroy a monster or mob from a distance, without exposing oneself to danger.
  8. (nautical, engineering) To deflect sideways in the water.
  9. (US, slang, prison) To send a short letter.
  10. (US, slang) To steal.

Derived terms

Thesaurus

Eddy kite, aeroplane, aircraft, airplane, aspire, avion, bad check, bad money, base coin, become airborne, begone, bogus money, box kite, claw skyward, clear out, counterfeit, counterfeit money, decamp, false money, float, fly, fly aloft, flying machine, forgery, gain altitude, green goods, hang, heavier-than-air craft, hightail, hover, leave the ground, plane, poise, queer, rubber check, scram, ship, skedaddle, soar, spire, take off, vamoose, zoom

Pronunciation

Translations

Noun

Verb

See also

Anagrams


Haitian Creole

Verb

Kite

  1. let
    • Haitian Creole Bible, Jòb 10.18:
      Bondye, poukisa ou te kite m' soti nan vant manman m'? Mwen ta mouri anvan pesonn ta wè m'.
      God, why did you let me leave my mother's belly? I would have died before anyone would have seen me.

Etymology

From French quitter (leave)


Japanese

Verb

Kite (hiragana きて)

  1. 来て: the conjunctive form of the verb 来る (to come)
    ここへ来ていけません
    ここへきていけません
    Koko e kite wa ikemasen.
    Do not come here.

Etymology

From 来る (くる, kuru; "to come").


Maori

Verb

Kite (used in the form kite-a)

  1. to see