kite

/kaɪt / (say kuyt)

noun
1. a light frame covered with some thin material, to be flown in the wind at the end of a long string.
2. any of various medium-sized hawks of the family Accipitridae with long wings and tail as the black kite, Milvus migrans of Eurasia, Africa, and northern Australia, or the endemic Australian black-shouldered kite, Elanus axillaris.
3. Nautical
a. any light sail that is usually spread in light winds, and furled in a strong breeze.
b. Colloquial a spinnaker.
4. Mathematics a plane figure with four sides, having two pairs of adjacent equal sides, so that the figure looks like a diamond with one end longer than the other.
5. Commerce a notional negotiable instrument, not representing any actual transaction, used for raising money or sustaining credit.
6. Colloquial an aeroplane.
7. Colloquial a hang-glider.
8. Colloquial a cheque, especially one forged or stolen.
9. Prison Colloquial a newspaper.
10. Obsolete a person who preys on others; a sharper.
verb (kited, kiting)
verb (i)
11. Colloquial to fly or move with a rapid or easy motion like that of a kite.
12. Commerce to obtain money or credit through kites (def. 5).
verb (t)
13. Commerce to employ as a kite (def. 5).
phrase
14. fly a kite, Colloquial
a. to pass off a forged cheque.
b. Commerce to obtain money or credit by means of a kite (def. 5).
c. to test public opinion by spreading rumours, etc.
d. to give an idea a public airing.
{Middle English kyte bird of prey, from Old English cȳta}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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