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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of a friendly, generous, or warm-hearted nature.
  • adj. Showing sympathy or understanding; charitable: a kind word.
  • adj. Humane; considerate: kind to animals.
  • adj. Forbearing; tolerant: Our neighbor was very kind about the window we broke.
  • adj. Generous; liberal: kind words of praise.
  • adj. Agreeable; beneficial: a dry climate kind to asthmatics.
  • n. A group of individuals or instances sharing common traits; a category or sort: different kinds of furniture; a new kind of politics.
  • n. A doubtful or borderline member of a given category: fashioned a kind of shelter; a kind of bluish color.
  • n. Archaic Underlying character as a determinant of the class to which a thing belongs; nature or essence.
  • n. Archaic The natural order or course of things; nature.
  • n. Archaic Manner or fashion.
  • idiom all kinds of Informal Plenty of; ample: We have all kinds of time to finish the job.
  • idiom in kind With produce or commodities rather than with money: pay in kind.
  • idiom in kind In the same manner or with an equivalent: returned the slight in kind.
  • idiom kind of Informal Rather; somewhat: I'm kind of hungry.
  • idiom of a kind Of the same kind; alike: My father and my uncle are two of a kind.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Affectionate, showing benevolence.
  • adj. Favorable.
  • adj. mild, gentle, forgiving
  • n. A type, race or category; a group of entities that have common characteristics such that they may be grouped together.
  • n. A makeshift or otherwise atypical specimen.
  • n. One's inherent nature; character, natural disposition.
  • n. Goods or services used as payment, as e.g. in a barter.
  • n. Equivalent means used as response to an action.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Characteristic of the species; belonging to one's nature; natural; native.
  • adj. Having feelings befitting our common nature; congenial; sympathetic
  • adj. Showing tenderness or goodness; disposed to do good and confer happiness; averse to hurting or paining; benevolent; benignant; gracious.
  • adj. Proceeding from, or characterized by, goodness, gentleness, or benevolence.
  • adj. Gentle; tractable; easily governed.
  • n. Nature; natural instinct or disposition.
  • n. Race; genus; species; generic class.
  • n. Sort; type; class; nature; style; character; fashion; manner; variety; description
  • transitive v. To beget.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 1. Native; natural; characteristic; proper to the genus, species, or individual.
  • Of a sympathetic nature or disposition; beneficently disposed: good-hearted; considerate and tender in the treatment of others; benevolent; benignant.
  • Loving; affectionate; full of tenderness; caressing.
  • Marked by sympathetic feeling; proceeding from goodness of heart; amiable; obliging: considerate: as, a kind act; kind treatment; kind regards.
  • Of a favorable character or quality; propitious; serviceable; adaptable; tractable: as, kind weather; a horse kind in harness.
  • = Syn. 2 and 3. Gracious, Good-natured, etc. (see benignant); Kindly, etc. (see kindly); benign, beneficent, bounteous, generous, indulgent, tender, humane, compassionate, good, lenient, clement, mild, gentle, bland, friendly, amicable.
  • n. Nature; natural constitution or character.
  • n. Natural disposition, propensity, bent, or characteristic.
  • n. Natural descent.
  • n. A class; a sort; a species; a number of individual objects having common characters peculiar to them.
  • n. In a loose use, a variety; a particular variation or variant: as, a kind of low fever. See kind of, below.
  • n. Gender; sex.
  • n. Specific manner or way; method of action or operation.
  • n. Race; family; stock; descent; a line of individuals related as parent or ancestor and child or descendant.
  • n. Blood-relationship.
  • n. Also, in phrases like what kind of a thing is this? he is a poor kind of fellow (that is, a thing of what kind, a fellow of a poor kind), kind of has come to seem like an adjective element before the noun, and hence before a plural noun, after words like some, all, and especially these and those, it sometimes keeps the singular form: as, these kind of people. This inaccuracy is very old, and still far from rare, both in speaking and in writing; but good usage condemns it.
  • n. Synonyms Sort, Kind (see sort); breed, species, set, family, description.
  • To beget.
  • n. A cricket.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality
  • adj. having or showing a tender and considerate and helpful nature; used especially of persons and their behavior
  • adj. agreeable, conducive to comfort
  • adj. tolerant and forgiving under provocation

Etymologies

Middle English, natural, kind, from Old English gecynde, natural.
Middle English, from Old English gecynd, race, offspring, kind.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English cynde, cynd ("generation"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But if you are into that kind of entertainment, fair enough.. theres tonnes of movies like that out there… and don't get me wrong… i thought "Knowing" was kind of entertaining..kind of funny even with that gooky script who wouldnt?

    Roger Ebert's Two Lists of the Best Films of 2009 Unveiled « FirstShowing.net

  • (ZHAHN-ruh) The kind or type of a work of art, from the French, meaning “kind” or “genus.

    genre

  • Whatever the kind, or the amount stolen, the unvarying penalty was double of _the same kind_.

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 1 of 4

  • I feel that I must be so kind, kind, _kind_ to _everybody_!

    The Flirt

  • The proof rather lies within the domain of the soul itself, and is not something which may be tacked on to any kind of external, spatial existence; it is the emergence of a _new kind_ of existence or _self-subsistence.

    An Interpretation of Rudolf Eucken's Philosophy

  • His stage of progress in knowledge was this, that during the discharge of _one_ kind of rays of force from the cathode pole in a Crookes tube _another kind_ of rays are set free, which differ totally in their nature and effects from anything hitherto known.

    Notable Events of the Nineteenth Century Great Deeds of Men and Nations and the Progress of the World

  • I think him as perfect, of his kind, as possible; though it is a _kind_ of art with which I do not sympathize.

    Sunny Memories of Foreign Lands, Volume 2

  • A very useful and very remarkable kind of prophecy indeed, this inductive prophecy appears to be; and the question arises, whether _a kind_, endowed of God with a faculty of seeing, which commands the future in so inclusive a manner, and with so near and sufficient an aim for the most important practical purposes, ought to be besieging Heaven for a _super_natural gift, and questioning the ancient seers for some vague shadows of the coming event, instead of putting this immediate endowment -- this 'godlike' endowment -- under culture.

    The Philosophy of the Plays of Shakspere Unfolded

  • '_nature_,' the fact that the human species is _a species_, -- the fact that the human kind is but a _kind_, neighboured with many others from which it is isolated by its native walls of ignorance, -- neighboured with many others, more or less known, known and unknown, more or less

    The Philosophy of the Plays of Shakspere Unfolded

  • "after its kind," and each species remains; animals may alter from changes in their way of life, but there is no passing from one _kind_ to another.

    Twilight and Dawn Simple Talks on the Six Days of Creation

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