Cloud vs Kite - What's the difference?

cloud | kite |

As a proper noun cloud

is .

As a noun kite is

a bird of prey of the family accipitridae belonging to one of the following groups: or kite can be the stomach; belly or kite can be (label) a weight-measure unit from ancient egypt, equivalent to 01 deben.

As a verb kite is

to fly a kite.




(en noun)
  • (obsolete) A rock; boulder; a hill.
  • A visible mass of water droplets suspended in the air.
  • *
  • *:So this was my future home, I thought!Backed by towering hills, the but faintly discernible purple line of the French boundary off to the southwest, a sky of palest Gobelin flecked with fat, fleecy little clouds , it in truth looked a dear little city; the city of one's dreams.
  • Any mass of dust, steam or smoke resembling such a mass.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-29, volume=407, issue=8842, page=29, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Unspontaneous combustion , passage=Since the mid-1980s, when Indonesia first began to clear its bountiful forests on an industrial scale in favour of lucrative palm-oil plantations, “haze” has become an almost annual occurrence in South-East Asia. The cheapest way to clear logged woodland is to burn it, producing an acrid cloud of foul white smoke that, carried by the wind, can cover hundreds, or even thousands, of square miles.}}
  • Anything which makes things foggy or gloomy.
  • A group or swarm, especially suspended above the ground or flying.
  • :
  • *(Bible), (w) xii. 1
  • *:so great a cloud of witnesses
  • An elliptical shape or symbol whose outline is a series of semicircles, supposed to resemble a cloud.
  • :
  • The Internet, regarded as an amorphous omnipresent space for processing and storage, the focus of cloud computing.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-14, author=(Jonathan Freedland)
  • , volume=189, issue=1, page=18, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Obama's once hip brand is now tainted , passage=Now we are liberal with our innermost secrets, spraying them into the public ether with a generosity our forebears could not have imagined. Where we once sent love letters in a sealed envelope, or stuck photographs of our children in a family album, now such private material is despatched to servers and clouds operated by people we don't know and will never meet.}}
  • (figuratively) A negative aspect of something positive: see every cloud has a silver lining or every silver lining has a cloud.
  • *{{quote-news, year=2011, date=January 25, author=Phil McNulty, work=BBC
  • , title= Blackpool 2-3 Man Utd , passage=The only cloud on their night was that injury to Rafael, who was followed off the pitch by his anxious brother Fabio as he was stretchered away down the tunnel.}}
  • (slang) Crystal methamphetamine.
  • A large, loosely-knitted headscarf worn by women.
  • Hyponyms

    * See also

    Derived terms

    * anvil cloud * brain cloud * cloud bank * cloud base * cloudburst * cloud chamber * cloud computing * cloud cover * cloud mass * cloud nine * cloud number nine * cloud on title * cloud storage * cloud street * cloudish * cloudless adj * cloudlet noun * cloudlike * cloudling * cloudly * cloudy adj. * every cloud has a silver lining * funnel cloud * have one’s head in the clouds * Magellanic Cloud * mammatus cloud * molecular cloud * mushroom cloud * Oort cloud * point cloud * rain cloud * star cloud * tag cloud * thundercloud

    See also

    * (wikipedia "cloud") * (commonslite) *


    (en verb)
  • To become foggy or gloomy, to become obscured from sight.
  • The glass clouds when you breathe on it.
  • To overspread or hide with a cloud or clouds.
  • The sky is clouded .
  • To make obscure.
  • All this talk about human rights is clouding the real issue.
  • To make gloomy or sullen.
  • * Shakespeare
  • One day too late, I fear me, noble lord, / Hath clouded all thy happy days on earth.
  • * Milton
  • Be not disheartened, then, nor cloud those looks.
  • To blacken; to sully; to stain; to tarnish (reputation or character).
  • * Shakespeare
  • I would not be a stander-by to hear / My sovereign mistress clouded so, without / My present vengeance taken.
  • To mark with, or darken in, veins or sports; to variegate with colours.
  • to cloud yarn
  • * Alexander Pope
  • the nice conduct of a clouded cane



    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) (m), (m), from (etyl) .

    Alternative forms

    * (l)


    (en noun)
  • A bird of prey of the family Accipitridae belonging to one of the following groups:
  • # Any bird of subfamily Milvinae, with long wings and weak legs, feeding mostly on carrion and spending long periods soaring.
  • # A bird of genus Elanus , having thin pointed wings, that preys on rodents and hunts by hovering. Also, any bird of related genera in the subfamily Elaninae.
  • A lightweight toy or other device carried on the wind and tethered and controlled from the ground by one or more lines.
  • A tethered object which deflects its position in a medium by obtaining lift and drag in reaction with its relative motion in the medium.
  • * {{quote-news, 1906, September 12, , Water Kites, Fairbanks Evening News, page=2 citation
  • , passage=The purpose of the water kite is to float beneath or beside the ship at a depth sufficient to insure safety.}}
  • (label) A quadrilateral having two pairs of edges of equal length, the edges of each pair being consecutive.
  • (label) A fraudulent draft, such as a check one drawn on insufficient funds or with altered face value.
  • * {{quote-news, 1991, May 21, Alex Barnum, Suspect Named in Kiting Case, San Jose Mercury News citation
  • , passage= But she said, "if this was a kite , he didn't realize that you don't have the float time of the old days," which made check-kiting easier. }}
  • (label) A planetary configuration wherein one planet of a grand trine is in opposition to an additional fourth planet.
  • * {{quote-book, 2002, Erin Sullivan, Retrograde Planets: Traversing the Inner Landscape, page=144-145 citation
  • , passage=Frequently a kite formation is created by one of the planets in the trine by its opposition to another planet, which allows expulsion and redirection of the pent-up energy associated with a closed circuit.}}
  • (label) An aircraft, or aeroplane.
  • * {{quote-book, 2004, Harry Foxley, Marking Time: An Account Of Ordinary Soldiering, page=133 citation
  • , passage=This time, the engine roared and the kite rocked against the brakes then sluggishly rolled down the strip.}}
  • A lightweight sail set above the topgallants, such as a studding-sail.
  • * {{quote-book, 1863, , 3= English Traits, page=33
  • , passage=Our good master keeps his kites up to the last moment, studding-sails alow and aloft, and, by incessant straight steering, never loses a rod of way.}}
  • A spinnaker.
  • A short letter.
  • (label) A rapacious person.
  • * Shakespeare
  • A fish, the brill.
  • Derived terms
    {{der3, black kite , box kite , go fly a kite , high as a kite , kiteboarding , kite buggy , kite fishing , kite surfing , powerkite , stunt kite , yellow-billed kite}}


  • To fly a kite.
  • To glide in the manner of a kite.
  • To travel by kite, as when kitesurfing.
  • To toss or cast.
  • * {{quote-book, 1942, , Phantom Lady, page=189 citation
  • , passage=Lombard swung at the sweet pea he had dropped, caught it neatly with the toe of his shoe, and kited it upward with grim zest, as though doing that made him feel a lot better.}}
  • (label) To write a check on an account with insufficient funds, expecting that funds will become available by the time the check clears.
  • (label) To cause an increase, especially in costs.
  • (label) To keep ahead of (a pursuing monster or mob) in order to attack it repeatedly from a distance, without exposing oneself to danger.
  • * {{quote-book, 2001, Juanita Jones, Everquest Player's Guide: Prima's Official Strategy Guide, page=87 citation
  • , passage=If you're pulling or kiting a creature and it aggros an innocent passer-by, it's your fault and you should apologize.}}
  • To deflect sideways in the water.
  • * {{quote-us-patent, 1973, Clarence K. Chatten, Weather Resistant Segmented Fairing for a Tow Cable, 3899991 citation
  • , passage=This column action causes the tow line to kite either to the port or the starboard side,
  • To send a short letter.
  • * {{quote-book, 1966, Rose Giallombardo, Society of Women: A Study of a Women's Prison citation
  • , passage=I have been working like a dam mule this morning and just found time to kite you.}}
  • To steal.
  • * {{quote-book, 1994, , The Shawshank Redemption, page=36 citation
  • , passage= Andy also kept a box of that in his cell, although he didn't get it from me — I imagine he kited it from the prison laundry.}}
  • (label) To hunt with a hawk.
  • (Francis Bacon)
    Derived terms
    * check kiting * kiter

    See also

    * * *

    Etymology 2

    Origin uncertain. Possibly from (etyl) .

    Alternative forms

    * (Scotland)


    (en noun)
  • The stomach; belly.
  • Etymology 3

    Probably from Ancient Egyptian.


  • (label) A weight-measure unit from Ancient Egypt, equivalent to 0.1 deben
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