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1 a bank check that has been fraudulently altered to increase its face value
2 a bank check drawn on insufficient funds at another bank in order to take advantage of the float
3 plaything consisting of a light frame covered with tissue paper; flown in wind at end of a string
4 any of several small graceful hawks of the family Accipitridae having long pointed wings and feeding on insects and small animals


1 increase the amount (of a check) fraudulently; "He kited many checks"
2 get credit or money by using a bad check; "The businessman kited millions of dollars"
3 soar or fly like a kite; "The pilot kited for a long time over the mountains"
4 fly a kite; "Kids were kiting in the park"; "They kited the Red Dragon model"

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  • , /kaɪt/, kaIt/
  • Rhymes with: -aɪt


  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.
  4. 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. A fraudulent draft, such as a check one drawn on insufficient funds or with altered face value.
  6. A planetary configuration wherein one planet of a grand trine is in opposition to an additional fourth planet.
  7. 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. A short letter.


bird of prey
flying toy on string


  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.
  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. To cause an increase, especially in costs.
    Rising interest rates have kited the cost of housing.
  7. 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. To send a short letter.
  10. To steal.

Derived terms


to fly a kite

See also



kite (hiragana きて)
  1. 来て: Conjunctive form of 来る (くる, kuru), "to come".



kite (used in the form kite-a)
  1. to see

Extensive Definition

Kite festivals are a popular form of entertainment throughout the world. They include small local events, traditional festivals which have been held for hundreds of years and major international festivals which bring in kite flyers from overseas to display their unique art kites and demonstrate the latest technical kites.


Kite flying is popular in many Asian countries, where it often takes the form of 'kite fighting', in which participants try to snag each other's kites or cut other kites down. Fighter kites are usually small, flat, flattened diamond-shaped kites made of paper and bamboo. Tails are not used on fighter kites so that agility and maneuverability are not compromised. In Afghanistan this is known as Gudiparan Bazi. Some kite fighters pass their strings through a mixture of ground glass powder and glue. The resulting strings are very abrasive and can sever the competitor's strings more easily. The abrasive strings can also injure people. During the Taliban rule in Afghanistan, kite flying was banned, among various other recreations.
In Vietnam, kites are flown without tails. Instead small flutes are attached allowing the wind to "hum" a musical tune. There are other forms of sound-making kites. In Bali, large bows are attached to the front of the kites to make a deep throbbing vibration, and in Malaysia row of gourds with sound-slots are use to create a whistle as the kite flies.
The Indian festival of Makar Sankranti is devoted to kite fighting in some states. This spring festival is celebrated every January 15, with millions of people flying kites all over northern India. The states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Gujarat, some part of West Bengal, Rajasthan , and the cities of Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Dhanbad and Hyderabad are particularly notable for their kite fighting festivals. Kite flying in Hyderabad starts a month before the official kite flying festival (Sankranthi). The thread used to fly kites in Hyderabad is known as 'Manjaa'. Highly maneuverable single-string paper and bamboo kites are flown from the rooftops while using line friction in an attempt to cut each other's kite lines, either by letting the line loose at high speed or by pulling the line in a fast and repeated manner. In some Indian cities kite flying/fighting is an important part of other celebrations, including Republic Day, Independence Day, Raksha Bandhan, and Janmashtami.
In Pakistan, kite flying is a popular ritual for the spring festival known as Basant. However, kite flying is currently banned as some kite fliers engage in kite battles by coating their strings with glass or shards of metal, leading to injuries and death. Kite fighting is a very popular sport in Pakistan, mainly centered in Lahore. Kup, Patang, Guda, and Nakhlaoo are some of the kites used in fighting and they vary in balance, weight and speed through the air.
Weifang, Shandong, China promotes itself as the kite capital of the world. It is home to the largest kite museum in the world, which has a display area of 8100m². Weifang hosts an annual international kite festival on the large salt flats south of the city. There are several kite museums in Japan and others in England, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand and the USA.


In Greece, flying kites is a tradition for Clean Monday, the first day of Lent. In the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda, traditional Bermuda kites are made and flown at Easter, to symbolise Christ's ascent. Bermuda kites hold the world records for altitude and duration.

South America

In Guyana, on Easter Weekend thousands turn out for mass kite flying. Many participate in kite flying competitions.

Popular culture

General safety issues

There are safety issues involved in kite-flying, more so with power kites. Kite lines can strike and tangle on electrical power lines, causing power blackouts and running the risk of electrocuting the kite flier. Wet kite lines or wire can act as a conductor for static electricity and lightning when the weather is stormy. Kites with large surface areas or powerful lift can lift the kite flier off the ground or drag them into stationary objects. In urban areas there is usually a ceiling on how high a kite can be flown, to prevent the kite and line infringing on the airspace of helicopters and light aircraft. In Asia, specially in the Indian subcontinent the twine is coated with powdered glass to cut opponent's lines and these deadly strings known as Manja are reported to kill number of pedestrians or motorcyclists each year all over the region.

Types of kites

Types of kite line

See also


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kite in Arabic: طائرة ورقية
kite in Aragonese: Milorcha
kite in Bengali: ঘুড়ি
kite in Catalan: Milotxa
kite in Danish: Drage (snorholdt)
kite in German: Drachen
kite in Modern Greek (1453-): Χαρταετός
kite in Spanish: Cometa (juego)
kite in Esperanto: Kajto
kite in Persian: بادبادک
kite in French: Cerf-volant
kite in Galician: Papaventos
kite in Korean: 연
kite in Ido: Kaito
kite in Indonesian: Layang-layang
kite in Italian: Aquilone
kite in Hebrew: עפיפון
kite in Latin: Draco volans papyreus
kite in Luxembourgish: Fluchdraach
kite in Lithuanian: Aitvaras (įtaisas)
kite in Hungarian: Papírsárkány
kite in Malay (macrolanguage): Layang-layang
kite in Dutch: Vliegeren
kite in Japanese: 凧
kite in Norwegian: Drake
kite in Polish: Latawiec
kite in Portuguese: Pipa (brinquedo)
kite in Russian: Воздушный змей
kite in Slovenian: Spuščanje zmajev
kite in Finnish: Leija
kite in Swedish: Drake (leksak)
kite in Tagalog: Saranggola
kite in Tamil: பட்டம்
kite in Thai: ว่าว
kite in Vlaams: Plakwoaier
kite in Chinese: 风筝

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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
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