kind of

Definitions

  • Kinds of roofing materials excavated include flat tiles (shown here), curved pantiles, slate, and shingles
    Kinds of roofing materials excavated include flat tiles (shown here), curved pantiles, slate, and shingles
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv kind of to some (great or small) extent "it was rather cold","the party was rather nice","the knife is rather dull","I rather regret that I cannot attend","He's rather good at playing the cello","he is kind of shy"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

1. Aromatic kernels of a much used kind 1. Aromatic kernels of a much used kind
Are you sure you know what kind of cap you do want Are you sure you know what kind of cap you do want
Frame 1: A religious woman is presented a sporting magazine from 'Mr. Fox'. The caption says: “With Mr Fox's respects & many happy returns of the day” Frame 2: A hunter is presented a religious text from 'Mrs. Stork'. The caption says: “With Mrs Stork's kind regards and the compliments of the season” Frame 1: A religious woman is presented a sporting magazine from 'Mr. Fox'. The caption says: “With Mr Fox's respects...
The boys pelting Jane with various kinds of food The boys pelting Jane with various kinds of food

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Miami, it's illegal for men to be seen publicly in any kind of strapless gown.
    • Kind of (coll.) somewhat, to some extent—used adverbially with adjectives and even verbs
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Quotations

  • Finley Peter Dunne
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    “A lie with a purpose is one of the worst kind, and the most profitable.”
  • Albert Camus
    Albert%20Camus
    “It is a kind of spiritual snobbery that makes people think they can be happy without money.”
  • Louis Armstrong
    Louis Armstrong
    “There is two kinds of music the good and bad. I play the good kind.”
  • American Proverb
    American Proverb
    “There are three kinds of people; those that make things happen, those that watch things happen and those who don't know what's happening.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “There are two kinds of people; those who can count and those who can't.”
  • Joan Baez
    Joan Baez
    “The easiest kind of relationship is with ten thousand people, the hardest is with one.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. cyndecynn, kin.

Usage

In literature:

I've been kind of part of the garrison of Vera Cruz, but I've been praised by General Scott, for all that.
"Ahead of the Army" by W. O. Stoddard
Thought better of it and brought his jaws together with a kind of grind.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Jane ran over in the morning with a basket of some of the choicer kinds of cake, and some nuts, raisins, and mottoes for the little girl.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
Some of us were elected on purpose that we might rid the city of this kind of thing; and we propose to carry out our pledges.
"Jewel Weed" by Alice Ames Winter
This kind of money is the money of the men; that of the women is of mussel shells strung on strings.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
Binny, of course, thought they were making some new kind of joke, and laughed.
"Our Casualty And Other Stories" by James Owen Hannay, AKA George A. Birmingham
The minutes passed in a kind of trance of memory.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
At the beginning of Central Avenue, where it kind of peters out at the foot of our hill, we stopped to make sure it went straight west.
"Roy Blakeley's Bee-line Hike" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
She should be fond of an outdoor life and of whatever kind of work is involved in her enterprise.
"The Canadian Girl at Work" by Marjory MacMurchy
Thought should be given to the location and arrangement of each kind of flower you make use of.
"Amateur Gardencraft" by Eben E. Rexford
In the breeding of pigs, as in the breeding of other kinds of stock, great care should be taken in the selection of both sire and dam.
"The Stock-Feeder's Manual" by Charles Alexander Cameron
You have to get married because of the family, and the place, and all that kind of thing.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
It is commonly supposed that there are but two or three kinds of foxes in America; and that these are only varieties of the European species.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
Can't you get away from your point of view, and realize what kind of a man he is?
"Masters of the Wheat-Lands" by Harold Bindloss
Compare the density of the foliage with that of other kinds of trees.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
I know of a country house which reminds me of the kind of mind I would like to have.
"The Lost Art of Reading" by Gerald Stanley Lee
Course, it was kind of sad to see a fam'ly peter out that way; but, as a matter of fact, most of 'em was better off.
"Odd Numbers" by Sewell Ford
She seemed to pass off into a kind of rapture of motherhood, her rapture of motherhood was everything.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
The distinct effects of various kinds of food upon animals, are very obvious in the instance of milch cows.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
There was a kind of eruption of splintered wood, shattered glass and small fragments of metal.
"The Red Hand of Ulster" by George A. Birmingham
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In poetry:

And, strangers all, we felt the ties
Of sisters and of brothers;
Ah! whose of all those kindly eyes
Now smile upon another's?
"A Memory" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Our Lady out of Nazareth rode -
It was Her month of heavy load;
Yet was her face both great and kind,
For Courtesy was in Her Mind.
"Courtesy" by Hilaire Belloc
My Father lives, my father's gone,
My vital head both lost and won.
My parents cruel are and kind,
Of one, and of a diff'rent mind.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine
But now my neighbors dear, adieu;
"The best of friends must part;"
I'll often kindly think of you,
And treasure each one in my heart;
"Dear Friends And Neighbors" by David John Scott
And if kind-minded she should be
To wife me - 'tis the will of God . . .
But Oh the broken heart of me
For her who lies below the sod!
"The Widower" by Robert W Service
Where is that kindness from above
Of which Thy servitors have heard,
The boon of Thy peculiar love,
For which we have our fathers' word?
"Establish Peace" by Shlomo ibn Gabirol

In news:

Here at Urbanite and on some of our favorite city blogs, there's been lots of talk this week of a different kind of preservation -- old New York saved on film.
Yeah, I'm one of those kinds of fans of Richard Kadrey's anti-hero, James Stark… aka, Sandman Slim, Hell's Hitman.
I'd kind of been going on the assumption that Azi sprang fully formed, Athena-style, from the head of Ben Smith, and the existence of a brother would seem to suggest otherwise.
You would think that this must be some kind of ultimate literary frontier, a frozen Antarctica of writing entirely devoid of literary content, but I wonder.
What kind of medical supplies do you strap onto your sledge in case of emergency, miles from any sign of civilization.
It may surprise you, but I'm not the kind of guys that spends any length of time in front of the mirror.
Jessica Sanchez may be the youngest person in this season of 'American Idol,' but she sure as heck isn't at any kind of a disadvantage from her lack of years.
Not the stuffy, "wear white gloves and hold your pinkie just so" kind of tea, but the homey, "come sink into my sofa and chat" kind.
Not the stuffy, "wear white gloves and hold your pinkie just so" kind of tea, but the homey, "come sink into my sofa and chat" kind of tea.
There are many kinds of freedom and each kind of freedom carries its own requirements.
But there's a lot about Tourette 's that most people don't know, including the fact that people with Tourette 's can experience the kind of successes that the rest of us may only dream of.
Britt Daniel is the best kind of minimalist: the kind with endless hooks in his pocket and endless tricks up his sleeve.
"One of the complications of a choral festival is accommodating all the different kinds of genres ," George warns.
When you mix glitter and dirt, a certain kind of magic happens: The kind we saw last night at Libertine.
According to the New York Post, Catherine Scalia, an owner of a roadside hot dog truck and prostitute of local legend, was busted for allegedly handling more than one kind of wiener on her van.
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In science:

The SL system is very domain-specific, targeting exactly the kind of semantic specifications based on syntactic theories.
From Syntactic Theories to Interpreters: A Specification Language and Its Compilation
This suggestion is supported by various kinds of morphological features (e.g. tidal tails, rings) observed in the real ob jects and predicted by his pioneering numerical simulations.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
If k > m then this information is redundant; there is a kind of dependency between the packets.
Coordinate restrictions of linear operators in $l_2^n$
A nonlinear circuit with this kind of threshold nonlinearity is discussed in Ref. 36.
Exact solutions to chaotic and stochastic systems
Then a unitary representation is some kind of zero-form.
Higgs Bundles and Four Manifolds
Even the simplest kind of random heteropolymer model can only be approached analytically in approximated ways.
Random Heteropolymer Dynamics
An example for small systems (N = 30, K = 2) and two kind of structures is shown in Fig. 3.
Complex structures in generalized small worlds
We also want to point out that in these kind of systems, the random field strength is a poor control parameter and the systems should be studied with respect to the external field, and after that map to the random field strength.
Susceptibility and Percolation in 2D Random Field Ising Magnets
It would be interesting to see what kind of phenomena can be seen in the structure on triangular lattices since here pc = 0.5 even in the ordinary site-percolation.
Susceptibility and Percolation in 2D Random Field Ising Magnets
Quantum theory is a different kind of theory: it is formulated as an indeterministic theory.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
Although we have not specify the strong interaction sector explicitly, it may be a kind of the ”chiral model”.
4d Gauge Theory and Gravity Generated from 3d Ones at High Energy
To reproduce the standard model interactions two kinds of fermion condensates should be produced.
4d Gauge Theory and Gravity Generated from 3d Ones at High Energy
Suffice that the sender provides the right kind of signal.
Component Programming and Interoperability in Constraint Solver Design
Near knot maxima one sees exactly the kind of hardening, followed by softening, that one would expect if particle acceleration is occurring in the knots.
Revealing the Energetics and Structure of AGN Jets
We have already seen one kind of interaction, which is that numerical results suggest a theorem which is later proved.
Applications of the theory of evolution equations to general relativity
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