Talk:kite

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Senses pending verification[edit]

  • Black's gives a sense which is repeated in various other dictionaries: "letter of accommodation" (referring to a sort of draft drawn on a client by a banker, not sure I fully understand). Haven't been able to substantiate this in actual use.
  • ESPN [1] gives an additional nautical sense for the verb: A boat flying off the top of a wave. -- Visviva 14:57, 12 May 2008 (UTC)

Tea room discussion[edit]

Note: the below discussion was moved from the Wiktionary:Tea room.

Two things regarding this word, the first is that noun definition 2 (toy kites) could really do with reworking as its so complex as to be impenetrable.

Secondly, I think we're missing a verb sense. In a story I'm reading is the passage "She dipped, and used the hook to lift the manhole cover in the street up. She looked at the doorman. "If you're still there when I come back, I'll kill you," she told him levelly, then kited the several hundred pounds in his direction, knowing she'd come up short." This doesn't seem to fit with either of the verb definitions we have, but I don't know what it means well enough in order to define it myself. Thryduulf 11:14, 12 May 2008 (UTC)

I've split the flying-object sense (since "kite" as used in normal speech doesn't include things pulled through any medium other than air), and took a stab the cast/toss sense (currently at verb #3), which is how I would read that example. Think we are probably still missing a sense or two. -- Visviva 12:32, 12 May 2008 (UTC)
You've done a huge amount of work on this, and the article is orders of magnitude more comprehensive and understandable than it was. Thank you. Thryduulf 21:53, 12 May 2008 (UTC)
All that praise'll go to his head. DCDuring TALK 23:53, 12 May 2008 (UTC)