Kite [OE. kyte, AS.c; cf. W. cud, cut.]
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 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.
A lofty sail, carried only when the wind is light.
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]
The brill. [Prov. Eng. ] Flying kites. (Naut.) See under Flying. -- Kite falcon (Zoöl.), an African falcon of the genus Avicida, having some resemblance to a kite.