Definitions for: Kite

[n] any of several small graceful hawks of the family Accipitridae having long pointed wings and feeding on insects and small animals
[n] plaything consisting of a light frame covered with tissue paper; flown in wind at end of a string

Webster (1913) Definition: Kite, n. [OE. kyte, AS. c?ta; cf. W. cud, cut.]
1. (Zo["o]l.) Any raptorial bird of the subfamily
Milvin[ae], of which many species are known. They have
long wings, adapted for soaring, and usually a forked

Note: The European species are Milvus ictinus and {M.
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. --Henrici.

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. (Zo["o]l.) The brill. [Prov. Eng. ]

Flying kites. (Naut.) See under Flying.

Kite falcon (Zo["o]l.), 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.]

Kite, n. (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.

See Also: Accipitridae, black kite, box kite, Elanoides forficatus, Elanus leucurus, family Accipitridae, hawk, kite tail, Milvus migrans, plaything, swallow-tailed hawk, swallow-tailed kite, toy, white-tailed kite

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