A light frame of wood and paper constructed for flying in the air, chiefly for amusement. Kites get their name from the kind of hawk called kite, which has just been described, and which is often seen in the air, almost as still as a paper kite, gliding along without moving its wings. Kites are made of many different shapes, but the most common are the cross kite, the house-kite, and the bow-kite. The natives of India, the Chinese, and the Japanese are very skilful in making kites, and often make them to represent animals, ships, castles, trees, and flowers. Kites are used to carry lines across deep chasms or over the tops of steeples and high chimney-stacks, and are now employed in the study of the weather, being sent very high into the air.