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Rhombus vs. Kite: What's the Difference?

Edited by Sumera Saeed || By Sawaira Riaz || Published on December 4, 2023
A rhombus is a parallelogram with equal sides, while a kite has two pairs of adjacent equal-length sides.

Key Differences

A rhombus is a quadrilateral with all sides of equal length and opposite sides parallel, often described as a slanted square. A kite, in contrast, is defined by having two distinct pairs of adjacent sides that are equal in length, but not necessarily all sides are equal, giving it a distinct, asymmetrical shape.
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Dec 04, 2023
In terms of angles, a rhombus has opposite angles that are equal, and its diagonals bisect each other at right angles. A kite, however, typically does not have equal opposite angles, and while one diagonal bisects the other, they do not necessarily do so at right angles.
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Dec 04, 2023
Symmetry plays a key role in differentiating these two shapes. A rhombus has both line and rotational symmetry, making it highly symmetrical. A kite, on the other hand, generally only has one line of symmetry and lacks rotational symmetry.
Sumera Saeed
Dec 04, 2023
When considering the diagonals, a rhombus's diagonals are always perpendicular and bisect each other into equal segments. In a kite, one diagonal bisects the other, but they are not necessarily perpendicular, and the segments they create are not equal in length.
Janet White
Dec 04, 2023
From a geometric perspective, every rhombus can be considered a kite, but not every kite is a rhombus. This is due to the specific length requirements of a rhombus's sides, which are more restrictive than those of a kite.
Sawaira Riaz
Dec 04, 2023
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Comparison Chart

Side Lengths

All sides are equal
Two pairs of adjacent equal sides
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Angles

Opposite angles are equal
No equal opposite angles
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Symmetry

Line and rotational symmetry
One line of symmetry
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Diagonals

Perpendicular and bisect equally
Bisect but not always perpendicular
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Geometric Inclusion

Is a parallelogram
Not a parallelogram
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Rhombus and Kite Definitions

Rhombus

A rhombus has diagonals that bisect each other at right angles.
In the rhombus, the diagonals intersected at a perfect 90 degrees.
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Nov 26, 2023

Kite

It is a shape where one diagonal bisects the other.
In their kite, one diagonal neatly divided the other into two segments.
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Nov 26, 2023

Rhombus

A rhombus is a four-sided shape with all sides of equal length.
The rhombus in the diagram had sides each measuring 5 cm.
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Nov 26, 2023

Kite

A kite is a quadrilateral with two distinct pairs of adjacent equal-length sides.
The kite they created in geometry class had two pairs of equal sides.
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Nov 26, 2023

Rhombus

It is a type of parallelogram with equal and parallel opposite sides.
She drew a rhombus, noting how its opposite sides were parallel.
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Nov 26, 2023

Kite

It often has one line of symmetry through its longer axis.
The kite showed a clear line of symmetry when folded along its longer axis.
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Nov 26, 2023

Rhombus

A rhombus is also known as an equilateral quadrilateral.
The child described the rhombus as an equilateral quadrilateral.
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Nov 26, 2023

Kite

A kite can resemble the flying object of the same name in shape.
Their paper kite, much like its geometric namesake, soared high in the sky.
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Nov 26, 2023

Rhombus

It is characterized by having four equal interior angles.
The rhombus he sketched had equal angles of 90 degrees each.
Janet White
Nov 26, 2023

Kite

A kite has one pair of opposite angles that are equal.
The angles opposite the longer sides of the kite were equal.
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Nov 26, 2023

Rhombus

An equilateral parallelogram, especially one having oblique angles. Also called rhomb.
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Nov 23, 2023

Kite

A light framework covered with cloth, plastic, or paper, designed to be flown in the wind at the end of a long string or multiple lines, especially for recreation.
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Rhombus

(geometry) A parallelogram having all sides of equal length.
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Rhombus

The rhombus diamond, as one of the suits seen in a deck of playing cards (♦ or ♦).
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Rhombus

In early Greek religion, an instrument whirled on the end of a string similar to a bullroarer.
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Rhombus

Any of several flatfishes, including the brill and turbot, once considered part of the genus Rhombus, now in Scophthalmus.
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Rhombus

Snails, now in genus Conus or family Conidae.
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Rhombus

Same as Rhomb, 1.
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Rhombus

A parallelogram with four equal sides; an oblique-angled equilateral parallelogram
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FAQs

Is a square a type of rhombus?

Yes, a square is a special type of rhombus where all angles are also equal (90 degrees).
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Dec 04, 2023

Are all sides of a rhombus parallel?

Yes, opposite sides of a rhombus are parallel to each other.
Janet White
Dec 04, 2023

Are the diagonals of a rhombus equal?

No, the diagonals of a rhombus are not equal but they bisect each other at right angles.
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Dec 04, 2023

What is a rhombus?

A rhombus is a type of quadrilateral with all four sides of equal length.
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Can a rhombus be a rectangle?

No, a rhombus cannot be a rectangle unless it's a square.
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Dec 04, 2023

Is a rhombus always symmetrical?

Yes, a rhombus is always symmetrical along its diagonals.
Harlon Moss
Dec 04, 2023

What are the properties of a rhombus?

Equal sides, opposite sides parallel, diagonals bisect at right angles, and rotational symmetry.
Janet White
Dec 04, 2023

How do you calculate the area of a rhombus?

The area can be calculated as the product of its diagonals divided by 2.
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Dec 04, 2023

Does a rhombus have right angles?

Generally, no. However, a square, which is a special case of a rhombus, does have right angles.
Janet White
Dec 04, 2023

Is a kite a type of rhombus?

No, a kite and a rhombus are different due to their side length properties.
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Dec 04, 2023

What is a kite in geometry?

A kite is a quadrilateral with two pairs of adjacent sides that are equal.
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Dec 04, 2023

Are all sides of a kite equal?

No, only two pairs of adjacent sides are equal.
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Dec 04, 2023

Do the diagonals of a kite intersect at right angles?

Yes, one pair of diagonals in a kite intersect at right angles.
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Dec 04, 2023

Are the angles of a kite always equal?

No, only the angles between equal sides are equal.
Janet White
Dec 04, 2023

Can a kite be a square?

No, a kite cannot be a square as it doesn't have all sides and angles equal.
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Can a kite be a parallelogram?

No, a kite cannot be a parallelogram because its opposite sides are not parallel.
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What symmetry does a kite have?

A kite has one line of symmetry along its axis of symmetry.
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Is a kite always convex?

Yes, a kite is always a convex quadrilateral.
Janet White
Dec 04, 2023

Can a rhombus be a kite?

No, a rhombus cannot be a kite because a kite requires exactly two pairs of adjacent equal sides.
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Dec 04, 2023

How do you find the area of a kite?

The area is half the product of its diagonals.
Janet White
Dec 04, 2023
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