1. Zool. 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.
Note: ☞ The European species are Milvus ictinus and Milvus migrans; the pariah kite of India is Milvus govinda; the sacred or Brahmany kite of India is Haliastur Indus; the American fork-tailed kite is the Nauclerus furcatus.
2. Fig.: One who is rapacious.
Detested kite, thou liest. --Shak.
3. A light frame of wood or other material covered with paper or cloth, for flying in the air at the end of a string.
4. Naut. A lofty sail, carried only when the wind is light.
5. Geom. A quadrilateral, one of whose diagonals is an axis of symmetry.
6. 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. [Cant]
7. Zool. The brill. [Prov. Eng.]
8. 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.
Flying kites. Naut. See under Flying.
Kite falcon Zool., an African falcon of the genus Avicida, having some resemblance to a kite.
Kite, v. i. To raise money by “kites;” as, kiting transactions. See Kite, 6. [Cant]
Kite, n. The belly. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.]
n 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
v 1: increase the amount (of a check) fraudulently; "He kited
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"
an unclean and keen-sighted bird of prey (Lev. 11:14; Deut.
14:13). The Hebrew word used, _'ayet_, is rendered "vulture" in
Job 28:7 in Authorized Version, "falcon" in Revised Version. It
is probably the red kite (Milvus regalis), a bird of piercing
sight and of soaring habits found all over Palestine.