aspect common to mutually comparable quantities
NOTE 1 The division of 'quantity' according to 'kind of quantity' is to some extent arbitrary.
EXAMPLE 1 The quantities diameter, circumference, and wavelength are generally considered to be quantities of the same kind, namely of the kind of quantity called length.
EXAMPLE 2 The quantities heat, kinetic energy, and potential energy are generally considered to be quantities of the same kind, namely of the kind of quantity called energy.
EXAMPLE The quantities moment of force and energy are, by convention, not regarded as being of the same kind, although they have the same dimension. Similarly for heat capacity and entropy, as well as for number of entities, relative permeability, and mass fraction.
NOTE 3 In English, the terms for quantities in the left half of the table in 1.1, Note 1, are often used for the corresponding 'kinds of quantity'. In French, the term “nature” is only used in expressions such as “grandeurs de même nature” (in English, “quantities of the same kind”).
ANNOTATION (informative) [3 December 2013] The term "kind" is mainly used in expressions such as "quantities of the same kind." Two quantities of the same kind are mutually comparable, so that they can be placed in order of magnitude. Length and mass are quantities of different kinds because they are not mutually comparable.