—n. 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 several small birds of the hawk family Accipitridae that have long, pointed wings, feed on insects, carrion, reptiles, rodents, and birds, and are noted for their graceful, gliding flight. Cf. black kite, swallow-tailed kite, white-tailed kite. 3. Naut.See flying kite. 4. Finance. a. a check drawn against uncollected or insufficient funds, as for redepositing, with the intention of creating a false balance in the account by taking advantage of the time lapse required for collection.
b. a check whose amount has been raised by forgery before cashing.
5. a person who preys on others; sharper.
—v.i. 1. Informal.to fly or move with a rapid or easy motion like that of a kite.
2. to obtain money or credit through kites.
—v.t. to employ (a check or the like) as a kite; to cash or pass (a kite, forged check, etc.).
Pronunciation: (kīt),[key] —n.Scot. and North Eng. kyte.