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The black-winged kite.
Toy kites.
A kite shape.





kite ({{{1}}})
  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, “Water Kites”[1], Fairbanks Evening News, page 2, 
      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. (finance) A fraudulent draft, such as a check one drawn on insufficient funds or with altered face value.
    • 1991 May 21, Alex Barnum, “Suspect Named in Kiting Case”[2], San Jose Mercury News, page 8E, 
      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.
    • 2002, Erin Sullivan, Retrograde Planets: Traversing the Inner Landscape[3], ISBN 8120818318, page 144-145,  
      Frequently a kite formation is created by one of the planets in the trine by its opposition to another planet, which allows expulsion and redirection of the pent-up energy associated with a closed circuit.
  7. (slang) An aircraft, or aeroplane.
    • 2004, Harry Foxley, Marking Time: An Account Of Ordinary Soldiering[4], ISBN 1412015871, page 133,  
      This time, the engine roared and the kite rocked against the brakes then sluggishly rolled down the strip.
  8. (sailing, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A lightweight sail set above the topgallants, such as a studding-sail.
    • 1863, Ralph Waldo Emerson, English Traits, page 33,  
      Our good master keeps his kites up to the last moment, studding-sails alow and aloft, and, by incessant straight steering, never loses a rod of way.
  9. (sailing, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A spinnaker.
  10. (US, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A short letter.

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to kite

Third person singular

Simple past

Past participle

Present participle

to kite (third-person singular simple present kit, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (rare, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) 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.
    • 1942, William Irish, Phantom Lady[5], page 189,  
      Lombard swung at the sweet pea he had dropped, caught it neatly with the toe of his shoe, and kited it upward with grim zest, as though doing that made him feel a lot better.
  5. 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 game) To attack and destroy a monster or mob from a distance, without exposing oneself to danger.
    • 2001, Juanita Jones, Everquest Player's Guide: Prima's Official Strategy Guide[6], ISBN 0761537627, page 87,  
      If you're pulling or kiting a creature and it aggros an innocent passer-by, it's your fault and you should apologize.
  8. (nautical, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To deflect sideways in the water.
    • 1973, Clarence K. Chatten, "Weather Resistant Segmented Fairing for a Tow Cable", US Patent 3899991 [7],  
      This column action causes the tow line to kite either to the port or the starboard side, []
  9. (US, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To send a short letter.
    • 1966, Rose Giallombardo, Society of Women: A Study of a Women's Prison[8], page 242,  
      I have been working like a dam mule this morning and just found time to kite you.
  10. (US slang) To steal.
    • 1994, Stephen King, The Shawshank Redemption[9], ISBN 0451183940, page 36,  
      Andy also kept a box of that in his cell, although he didn't get it from me — I imagine he kited it from the prison laundry.

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From 来る (くる, kuru; "to come").


kite (hiragana きて)

  1. 来て: the conjunctive form of the verb 来る (to come)
    Koko e kite wa ikemasen.
    Do not come here.



kite (used in the form kite-a)

  1. to see

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