Hypertext Webster Gateway: "kind"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Kind \Kind\, v. t. [See {Kin}.]
To beget. [Obs.] --Spenser.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Kind \Kind\, a. [Compar. {Kinder}; superl. {Kindest}.] [AS.
cynde, gecynde, natural, innate, prop. an old p. p. from the
root of E. kin. See {Kin} kindred.]
1. Characteristic of the species; belonging to one's nature;
natural; native. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

It becometh sweeter than it should be, and loseth
the kind taste. --Holland.

2. Having feelings befitting our common nature; congenial;
sympathetic; as, a kind man; a kind heart.

Yet was he kind, or if severe in aught, The love he
bore to learning was his fault. --Goldsmith.

3. Showing tenderness or goodness; disposed to do good and
confer happiness; averse to hurting or paining;
benevolent; benignant; gracious.

He is kind unto the unthankful and to evil. --Luke
vi 35.

O cruel Death, to those you take more kind Than to
the wretched mortals left behind. --Waller.

A fellow feeling makes one wondrous kind. --Garrick.

4. Proceeding from, or characterized by, goodness,
gentleness, or benevolence; as, a kind act. ``Manners so
kind, yet stately.'' --Tennyson.

5. Gentle; tractable; easily governed; as, a horse kind in

Syn: Benevolent; benign; beneficent; bounteous; gracious;
propitious; generous; forbearing; indulgent; tender;
humane; compassionate; good; lenient; clement; mild;
gentle; bland; obliging; friendly; amicable. See

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Kind \Kind\, n. [OE. kinde, cunde, AS. cynd. See {Kind}, a.]
1. Nature; natural instinct or disposition. [Obs.]

He knew by kind and by no other lore. --Chaucer.

Some of you, on pure instinct of nature, Are led by
kind t'admire your fellow-creature. --Dryden.

2. Race; genus; species; generic class; as, in mankind or
humankind. ``Come of so low a kind.'' --Chaucer.

Every kind of beasts, and of birds. --James iii.7.

She follows the law of her kind. --Wordsworth.

Here to sow the seed of bread, That man and all the
kinds be fed. --Emerson.

3. Nature; style; character; sort; fashion; manner; variety;
description; class; as, there are several kinds of
eloquence, of style, and of music; many kinds of
government; various kinds of soil, etc.

How diversely Love doth his pageants play, And snows
his power in variable kinds ! --Spenser.

There is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of
beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. --I
Cor. xv. 39.

Diogenes was asked in a kind of scorn: What was the
matter that philosophers haunted rich men, and not
rich men philosophers ? --Bacon.

{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.

Tax on tillage was often levied in kind upon corn.

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

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: having or showing a tender and considerate and helpful
nature; used especially of persons and their behavior;
"kind to sick patients"; "a kind master"; "kind words
showing understanding and sympathy"; "thanked her for
her kind letter" [ant: {unkind}]
2: liberal; "kind words of praise"
3: conducive to comfort; beneficial; "the genial sunshine"; "a
kind climate"; "hot summer pavements are anything but kind
to the feet" [syn: {genial}]
4: expressing sympathy
5: characterized by mercy, and compassion; "compassionate
toward disadvantaged people"; "kind to animals"; "a humane
judge" [syn: {merciful}]
6: agreeable; "a dry climate kind to asthmatics"
7: helpful to other people; "helping an old lady with her
bundles was his kind deed for the day"
8: tolerant and forgiving under provocation; "our neighbor was
very kind about the window our son broke" [syn: {tolerant}]
9: showing consideration and anticipation of needs; "it was
thoughtful of you to bring flowers"; "a neighbor showed
thoughtful attention" [syn: {thoughtful}]
10: generously responsive; "good-hearted but inept efforts to
help"; "take a kindly interest"; "a kindly gentleman";
"an openhearted gift to charity" [syn: {good-hearted}, {kindly},
n : a category of things distinguished by some common
characteristic or quality; "sculpture is a form of art";
"what kinds of desserts are there?" [syn: {sort}, {form},

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