Definitions for kansasˈkæn zəs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Kan•sasˈkæn zəs(n.)

  1. a state in the central United States. 2,688,418; 82,276 sq. mi. (213,094 sq. km).

    Category: Geography (places)

    Ref: Cap.: Topeka.; Abbr.: KS, Kans., 2 Kan., Kas.

  2. a river in NE Kansas, flowing E to the Missouri River. 169 mi. (270 km) long.

    Category: Geography (places)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Kansas, Sunflower State, KS(noun)

    a state in midwestern United States

  2. Kansa, Kansas(noun)

    a member of the Siouan people of the Kansas river valley in Kansas

  3. Kansas, Kansas River, Kaw River(noun)

    a river in northeastern Kansas; flows eastward to become a tributary of the Missouri River

  4. Kansa, Kansas(noun)

    the Dhegiha dialect spoken by the Kansa

Wiktionary

  1. Kansas(ProperNoun)

    A state of the mid United States of America. Capital: Topeka.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Kansas

    a tribe of Indians allied to the Winnebagoes and Osages. They formerly inhabited the region which is now the State of Kansas, but were removed to the Indian Territory

Freebase

  1. Kansas

    Kansas is a U.S. state located in the Midwestern United States. It is named after the Kansas River which flows through it, which in turn was named after the Kansa Native American tribe, which inhabited the area. The tribe's name is often said to mean "people of the wind" or "people of the south wind," although this was probably not the term's original meaning. Residents of Kansas are called "Kansans." For thousands of years what is now Kansas was home to numerous and diverse Native American tribes. Tribes in the Eastern part of the state generally lived in villages along the river valleys. Tribes in the Western part of the state were semi-nomadic and hunted large herds of bison. Kansas was first settled by European Americans in the 1830s, but the pace of settlement accelerated in the 1850s, in the midst of political wars over the slavery issue. When officially opened to settlement by the U.S. government in 1854, abolitionist Free-Staters from New England and pro-slavery settlers from neighboring Missouri rushed to the territory to determine if Kansas would become a free state or a slave state. Thus, the area was a hotbed of violence and chaos in its early days as these forces collided, and was known as Bleeding Kansas. The abolitionists eventually prevailed and on January 29, 1861, Kansas entered the Union as a free state. After the Civil War, the population of Kansas grew rapidly, when waves of immigrants turned the prairie into farmland. Today, Kansas is one of the most productive agricultural states, producing high yields of wheat, sorghum and sunflowers. Kansas is the 15th most extensive and the 33rd most populous of the 50 United States.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Kansas

    the central State of the American Union; lies in the basin of the Kansas and Arkansas Rivers, between Nebraska on the N. and Oklahoma on the S., with Colorado on the W. and Missouri on the E. It is a rolling prairie, with a fine climate subject to occasional extremes, and a rainfall, except in some districts, sufficient; raises crops of grain and sugar, and affords excellent grazing ground. Pork and beef packing, flour-milling, and iron-founding industries are carried on. The State University is at Lawrence, an agricultural college at Manhattan, and good schools in every town. Previous to its admission to the Union in 1859 Kansas was the scene of violent conflicts between pro- and anti-slavery parties for five years. In the Civil War it joined the North. The capital is Topeka (31), and the largest other towns Kansas City (38) and Wichita (23).

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