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.]
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.
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. 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.
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; type; class; genus; nature; style;
character; breed; set.