• WordNet 3.6
    • adj kin related by blood
    • n kin group of people related by blood or marriage
    • n kin a person having kinship with another or others "he's kin","he's family"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Watermelon, considered one of America's favorite fruits, is really a vegetable (Citrullus lanatus). Cousin to the cucumber and kin to the gourd, watermelons can range in size from 7 to 100 pounds.
    • n Kin kĭn (Mus) A primitive Chinese instrument of the cittern kind, with from five to twenty-five silken strings.
    • a Kin Of the same nature or kind; kinder. "Kin to the king."
    • Kin Relationship, consanguinity, or affinity; connection by birth or marriage; kindred; near connection or alliance, as of those having common descent.
    • Kin Relatives; persons of the same family or race. "The father, mother, and the kin beside.""You are of kin , and so a friend to their persons."
    • Kin (Physics) The unit velocity in the C. G. S. system -- a velocity of one centimeter per second.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n kin Race; family; breed; kind.
    • n kin Collectively, persons of the same race or family; kindred.
    • n kin Relationship; consanguinity or affinity; near connection or alliance, as of those having common descent.
    • n kin Kind; sort; manner; way.
    • n kin A person's nearest relatives according to the civil law. (Stimson.) The phrase does not include a widow, she being specifically provided for by the law as widow, and it is sometimes used in contradistinction to children: as, the widow, children, and next of kin. In either use it means that one (or more) who stands in the nearest degree of blood-relationship to the deceased. What degree is deemed nearest varies somewhat in the details of the law of different jurisdictions; but in general where there are no children, or descendants of children, the father is the next of kin, and if there is no father, the mother, and if no parent, the brothers and sisters are the next of kin, and so on.— Of kin, of the same kin; having relationship; of the same nature or kind; akin. See akin.
    • kin Of kin; of the same blood; related.
    • kin Of the same kind or nature; having affinity.
    • n kin A chap or chilblain.
    • n kin A weight, in use in China and Japan, equal to 601.043 grams, or nearly 1⅓ pounds avoirdupois; a catty.
    • n kin A Chinese musical instrument, of very ancient origin, having from five to twenty-five silken strings. It is played like a lute.
    • n kin A diminutive suffix, attached to nouns to signify a little object of the kind mentioned: as, lambkin, a little iamb; pipkin, a little pipe: catkin, a little cat, etc. As applied to persons it usually conveys contempt, as in lordkin. It is sometimes preceded by a short vowel, as in canakin or cannikin, manakin or manikin, bootikin, etc. In the obsolete bodikin, ladikin (lakin), etc., the diminutive form is due to the tendency to mince oaths. In many words, as bumpkin, buskin, firkin, griskin, kilderkin, malkin, napkin, Siskin, etc., the diminutive force is for various reasons (but chiefly because most of them are not of original English formation) not now perceived. In finikin the suffix is adjectival. In bodkin, gherkin, pumpkin, and some other words the termination requires special explanation: see their etymology.
    • n kin Same as kine.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Kin kin persons of the same family: relatives: relationship: affinity
    • adj Kin related
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  • Tryon Edwards
    “Accuracy of statement is one of the first elements of truth; inaccuracy is a near kin to falsehood.”
  • Willa Cather
    “Religion and art spring from the same root and are close kin. Economics and art are strangers.”
  • Bible
    “Some friends play at friendship, but a true friend sticks closer than one's nearest kin. [Proverbs 18:24]”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “In modern life nothing produces such an effect as a good platitude. It makes the whole world kin.”
  • Solomon Schechter
    Solomon Schechter
    “By vulgarity I mean that vice of civilization which makes man ashamed of himself and his next of kin, and pretend to be somebody else.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “Whatever harsh criticisms may be passed on the construction of her sentences, she at least possesses that one touch of vulgarity that makes the whole world kin.”


Kith and kin - Your kith and kin are your family; your next of kin are close relations you nominate to deal with your affairs in the event of your death on a document, like a passport.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. kin, cun, AS. cynn, kin, kind, race, people; akin to cennan, to beget, D. kunne, sex, OS. & OHG. kunni, kin, race, Icel. kyn, Goth. kuni, G. & D. kind, a child, L. genus, kind, race, L. gignere, to beget, Gr. gi`gnesqai to be born, Skr. jan, to beget. √44. Cf. Kind King Gender kind, Nation


In literature:

I done fine de place whar you kin lay in fresh meat 'nuff fer ter las' you plum twel de middle er nex' year,' sezee.
"Nights With Uncle Remus" by Joel Chandler Harris
Sure as I live, it is Peter-Kins!
"Zip, the Adventures of a Frisky Fox Terrier" by Frances Trego Montgomery
We kin leave this place now.
"Field and Forest" by Oliver Optic
I kin see the old scar on his flank.
"Hope and Have" by Oliver Optic
De brothahs kin go 'long home 'twell dey called fu'.
"The heart of happy hollow" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
I kin live long on the threats o' Braxton Wyatt an' Blackstaffe, an' so kin all o' us.
"The Eyes of the Woods" by Joseph A. Altsheler
He kin drive tacks with it, he kin.
"Hildegarde's Holiday" by Laura E. Richards
I dinna wonder that my Eppie minded on it at last, and had a longing to lie there with her kin.
"Allison Bain" by Margaret Murray Robertson
Their kin born in Illinois were half-brothers and so on.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
What kin you do with a child?
"The Uncalled" by Paul Laurence Dunbar

In poetry:

WIND of the North, O far, wild wind
Born of a far, lone sea--
When suns are soft and breezes kind
Why are you kin to me?
"The Vassal" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
An' noo I'll murne an' pine nae mair,
But tent my faither's life
Wi' muckle care, an' strive to be
Kin' Jamie's faithfu' wife.
"Mary Lee: A Ballad" by Janet Hamilton
The very meaning of his name
Shall many a tender tribute win;
The stranger own his sacred claim,
And all the world shall be his kin.
"Kinsman" by John Greenleaf Whittier
A grave, a grave, Lord Barnard cryde,
To putt these lovers in ;
But lay my ladye o' the upper hande,
For she comes o' the better kin.
"The Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard" by Anonymous British
Oh! Mary Lee, a faithfu' wife
Thou wert—a dochter true an' kin';
In weal an' wae, in life an' death,
Thy faither's God was ever thine.
"The Fever-Cloud" by Janet Hamilton
She looked on me with scornful eye
And mocking smile that held no mirth;
She knew my simple soul was kin
To the brown, kindly, homely earth.
"The Water-Witch" by Alice Guerin Crist

In news:

Caravan of Central American women journeys across Mexico in search of missing kin.
DA's kin wounded in off-campus Pa.
The Jefferson County Coroner's office is looking for the next of kin for a 28-year-old woman killed - 2:33 pm.
Crash victim's kin : We didn't know he was in car.
Kin 's mob memoir details Scarfo's bloody Pa. Join our social networks.
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Kin 's mob memoir details Scarfo's bloody Pa.
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Kin of Ohioan killed by police want investigation.
Law enforcement in New Jersey can quickly track down family members of non-responsive car crash victims with the launching of an emergency next-of- kin registry by the Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC).
Agency for troops, kin gets $1 million.
The Microsoft Kin One and Kin Two.
Do you remember the Microsoft Kin .
Starts next-of- kin registry, pre-driver ID cards.
More Microsoft Kin Testing Videos Reveal Its Fatal Flaws.

In science:

The precise formulation of the theory of kin selection is due to Hamilton [115] who built on ideas introduced by Haldane.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
The notation \∗kin denotes that a reference is being used to pass the handle kin.
A New face on old code
We consider incident radiation propagating along the direction of the vector kin illustrated here.
Astrophysics of Dust in Cold Clouds
The coefficients ωkin and ωspin are fixed by the matching with QCD.
Status of heavy quark physics from the lattice
Then one has to find an observable to eliminate ωkin , and applies the same techniques than in the static case (e.g. two other ssf are needed).
Status of heavy quark physics from the lattice