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Kan·sas 1

 (kăn′zəz, -səz)
A plural of Kansa.

Kan·sas 2

 (kăn′zəs) Abbr. KS or Kans.
A state of the central United States. It was admitted as the 34th state in 1861. Organized as a territory by the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854, it became a virtual battleground, known as Bleeding Kansas, for free and slave factions (1854-1859). Kansas was finally admitted as a free state. Topeka is the capital and Wichita the largest city.

Kan′san (-zən) adj. & n.


(Placename) a state of the central US: consists of undulating prairie, drained chiefly by the Arkansas, Kansas, and Missouri Rivers; mainly agricultural. Capital: Topeka. Pop: 2 723 507 (2003 est). Area: 213 096 sq km (82 277 sq miles). Abbreviation: Kan, Kans or KS (with zip code)


(ˈkæn zəs)

1. a state in the central United States. 2,688,418; 82,276 sq. mi. (213,094 sq. km). Cap.: Topeka. Abbr.: KS, Kans., Kan., Kas.
2. a river in NE Kansas, flowing E to the Missouri River. 169 mi. (270 km) long.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Kansas - a state in midwestern United StatesKansas - a state in midwestern United States
Chisholm Trail - a former cattle trail from San Antonio in Texas to Abilene in Kansas; not used after the 1880s
middle west, Midwest, midwestern United States - the north central region of the United States (sometimes called the heartland or the breadbasket of America)
U.S.A., United States, United States of America, US, USA, America, the States, U.S. - North American republic containing 50 states - 48 conterminous states in North America plus Alaska in northwest North America and the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean; achieved independence in 1776
Dodge City - a town of southwestern Kansas on the Arkansas River; formerly a rowdy cow town
Abilene - a town in central Kansas to the west of Topeka; home of Dwight D. Eisenhower
Hays - a town in central Kansas
Kansas City - a city of northeast Kansas on the Missouri River adjacent to Kansas City, Missouri
Lawrence - a town in northeastern Kansas on the Kansas River; scene of raids by John Brown in 1856
Salina - a town in central Kansas
capital of Kansas, Topeka - the capital of the state of Kansas; located in eastern Kansas on the Kansas river
Wichita - the largest city in Kansas; located in southern Kansas on the Arkansas River
Arkansas River, Arkansas - a river that rises in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado and flows southeast through Kansas and Oklahoma and through Arkansas to become a tributary of the Mississippi River
Kansas River, Kaw River, Kansas - a river in northeastern Kansas; flows eastward to become a tributary of the Missouri River
Neosho, Neosho River - a river that rises in eastern Kansas and flows eastward into Oklahoma to become a tributary of the Arkansas River
Republican River, Republican - a tributary of the Kansas River that flows from eastern Colorado eastward through Nebraska and Kansas
2.Kansas - a member of the Siouan people of the Kansas river valley in Kansas
Dhegiha - any member of a Siouan people speaking one of the Dhegiha languages
3.Kansas - a river in northeastern KansasKansas - a river in northeastern Kansas; flows eastward to become a tributary of the Missouri River
Kansas, KS, Sunflower State - a state in midwestern United States
4.Kansas - the Dhegiha dialect spoken by the Kansa
Dhegiha - a branch of the Siouan languages
References in classic literature ?
She had been in Kansas, in Canada, and in New York City, traveling about with her husband, a mechanic, be- fore he died.
JULY CAME ON with that breathless, brilliant heat which makes the plains of Kansas and Nebraska the best corn country in the world.
The truth was that she had definitely given up the idea of cleaning anything, under pressure of an attack of rheumatism, which had kept her doubled up in one corner of her room for over a week; during which time eleven of her boarders, heavily in her debt, had concluded to try their chances of employment in Kansas City.
And just as foreigners go to Pittsburg to see the steel business at its best; just as they go to Iowa and Kansas to see the New Farmer, so they make pilgrimages to Bethell's office to learn the profession of telephony.
The Pacific Railroad is joined by several branches in Iowa, Kansas, Colorado, and Oregon.
Departure from Fort Osage Modes of transportation Pack- horses Wagons Walker and Cerre; their characters Buoyant feelings on launching upon the prairies Wild equipments of the trappers Their gambols and antics Difference of character between the American and French trappers Agency of the Kansas General Clarke White Plume, the Kansas chief Night scene in a trader's camp Colloquy between White Plume and the captain Bee- hunters Their expeditions Their feuds with the Indians Bargaining talent of White Plume
At Dodge City an unknown hand threw in a copy of a Kansas paper containing some sort of an interview with Harvey, who had evidently fallen in with an enterprising reporter, telegraphed on from Boston.
DUST was piled in thick, velvety folds on the weeds and grass of the open Kansas prairie; it lay, a thin veil on the scrawny black horses and the sharp-boned cow picketed near a covered wagon; it showered to the ground in little clouds as Mrs.
Dorothy lived in the midst of the great Kansas prairies, with Uncle Henry, who was a farmer, and Aunt Em, who was the farmer's wife.
In the long chase of the night she had got out of line with her consorts, and nipped in between the Susquehanna and the Kansas City.
I was living in a time of high political tumult, and I certainly cared very much for the question of slavery which was then filling the minds of men; I felt deeply the shame and wrong of our Fugitive Slave Law; I was stirred by the news from Kansas, where the great struggle between the two great principles in our nationality was beginning in bloodshed; but I cannot pretend that any of these things were more than ripples on the surface of my intense and profound interest in literature.
But you will see, when you begin to read the story, that Toto was in Kansas while Dorothy was in California, and so she had to start on her adventure without him.

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