Tikibu: pronunciation dictionary with use examples

Word: kite
IPA transcription: [k'aɪt]
noun meaning of the word
  • Synonyms: kite
    Meaning: any of several small graceful hawks of the family Accipitridae having long pointed wings and feeding on insects and small animals
  • Synonyms: kite
    Meaning: plaything consisting of a light frame covered with tissue paper; flown in wind at end of a string
  • Synonyms: kite
    Meaning: a bank check drawn on insufficient funds at another bank in order to take advantage of the float
  • Synonyms: kite
    Meaning: a bank check that has been fraudulently altered to increase its face value
verb meaning of the word
  • Synonyms: kite
    Meaning: fly a kite; "Kids were kiting in the park"; "They kited the Red Dragon model"
  • Synonyms: kite
    Meaning: soar or fly like a kite; "The pilot kited for a long time over the mountains"
  • Synonyms: kite
    Meaning: get credit or money by using a bad check; "The businessman kited millions of dollars"
  • Synonyms: kite
    Meaning: increase the amount (of a check) fraudulently; "He kited many checks"
Usage examples
  • The moment the kite rose, the birds hid or sought shelter.
  • It was the tail of a kite, which Michael had made some days before.
  • Thus he might bring down the kite and the humming-bird with one stone.
  • The boy flying a kite has to keep his eye on the kite, and has to note the various pressures of the string on his hand.
  • "Michael's kite," Peter said without interest, but next moment he had seized the tail, and was pulling the kite toward him.
  • The kite was shaped like a great hawk; and the moment it rose into the air the birds began to cower and seek protection--and then to disappear.
  • It was strange indeed what influence that weird kite seemed to exercise. Even human beings were affected by it, as if both it and they were realities.
  • He would gladly have destroyed the kite, or caused its flying to cease; but the instant it was pulled down, the birds rose up in even greater numbers; all those who depended in any way on agriculture sent pitiful protests to Castra Regis.
  • Scarecrows.--A string with feathers tied to it at intervals, like the tail of a boy's kite, will scare most animals of the deer tribe, by their fluttering; and, in want of a sufficient force of men, passes may be closed by this contrivance.