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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.] [1913 Webster] He knew by kind and by no other lore. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Some of you, on pure instinct of nature, Are led by kind t'admire your fellow-creature. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. Race; genus; species; generic class; as, in mankind or humankind. "Come of so low a kind." --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Every kind of beasts, and of birds. --James iii.7. [1913 Webster] She follows the law of her kind. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster] Here to sow the seed of bread, That man and all the kinds be fed. --Emerson. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] How diversely Love doth his pageants play, And snows his power in variable kinds ! --Spenser. [1913 Webster] There is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. --I Cor. xv. 39. [1913 Webster] Diogenes was asked in a kind of scorn: What was the matter that philosophers haunted rich men, and not rich men philosophers? --Bacon. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Tax on tillage was often levied in kind upon corn. --Arbuthnot. Syn: Sort; species; type; class; genus; nature; style; character; breed; set. [1913 Webster]