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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Kind \Kind\, n. [OE. kinde, cunde, AS. cynd. See Kind, a.]
   1. Nature; natural instinct or disposition. [Obs.]
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            He knew by kind and by no other lore. --Chaucer.
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            Some of you, on pure instinct of nature,
            Are led by kind t'admire your fellow-creature.
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   2. Race; genus; species; generic class; as, in mankind or
      humankind. "Come of so low a kind." --Chaucer.
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            Every kind of beasts, and of birds.   --James iii.7.
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            She follows the law of her kind.      --Wordsworth.
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            Here to sow the seed of bread,
            That man and all the kinds be fed.    --Emerson.
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   3. Sort; type; class; nature; style; character; fashion;
      manner; variety; description; as, there are several kinds
      of eloquence, of style, and of music; many kinds of
      government; various kinds of soil, etc.
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            How diversely Love doth his pageants play,
            And snows his power in variable kinds ! --Spenser.
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            There is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of
            beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. --I
                                                  Cor. xv. 39.
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            Diogenes was asked in a kind of scorn: What was the
            matter that philosophers haunted rich men, and not
            rich men philosophers?                --Bacon.
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   A kind of, something belonging to the class of; something
      like to; -- said loosely or slightingly.

   In kind, in the produce or designated commodity itself, as
      distinguished from its value in money.
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            Tax on tillage was often levied in kind upon corn.

   Syn: Sort; species; type; class; genus; nature; style;
        character; breed; set.
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