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In geometry, a kite is a quadrilateral with two distinct pairs of equal adjacent sides.[1]

As a result of this definition:

  • Diagonals are perpendicular
  • Opposite angles enclosed by two unequal adjacent sides are equal
  • Area = half the product of the diagonals

A kite in which all four sides are equal is called a rhombus.


  • A kite can also refer to a toy which is attached to a thin line and carried up into the air by wind.
  1. There seems to be some debate about whether or not this is a bona fide sub-classification of quadrilaterals, and if so, how it should be defined. See: