- a state in the central United States: a part of the Midwest. 82,276 sq. mi. (213,094 sq. km). Capital: Topeka. Abbreviation: KS (for use with zip code), Kans., Kan., Kas.
- a river in NE Kansas, flowing E to the Missouri River. 169 miles (270 km) long.
- a member of a North American Indian people formerly of eastern Kansas, now living mostly in northern Oklahoma.
- the Siouan language of the Kansa.
- a tyrannical king killed by Krishna.
Examples from the Web for kansas
"That was crazy," Lynn Jenkins of Kansas muttered to another member as she walked to greet Boehner.Democrats Accidentally Save Boehner From Republican Coup
Ben Jacobs, Jackie Kucinich
January 6, 2015
Texas Republicans, for example, got close to half the vote among Latinos in that state, and similar results were found in Kansas.Time to Bring Back the Truman Democrats
December 21, 2014
Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Idaho, and Utah will never come anywhere close to being purple.Dems, It’s Time to Dump Dixie
December 8, 2014
An 18-year-old was killed by police officers after opening fire on a cop with two guns in Kansas City in late October.The 14 Teens Killed by Cops Since Michael Brown
November 25, 2014
These agricultural pests migrate in mid-summer to the Rocky Mountains from Kansas and Nebraska to beat the heat.What It Takes to Kill a Grizzly Bear
November 23, 2014
Read at the twenty-fifth anniversary of the founding of the state of Kansas.The Works of Whittier, Volume VII (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
This was somewhere in what is now central Kansas near Junction City.Introductory American History
Henry Eldridge Bourne
No man can say that this legislation may not succeed in Kansas or under American conditions.Herbert Hoover
The food is good, and the Kansas air fresh and bracing and plentiful.The Goat-gland Transplantation
Sydney B. Flower
That season was a very dry one in Kansas and on the Western plains.A Gold Hunter's Experience
Chalkley J. Hambleton
- 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, (with zip code) KS
Word Origin and History for kansas
named for the river, which is named for the native people, from French variant of Kansa, native name of the Siouan people who lived there (1722). It is a plural (see Arkansas). Established as a U.S. territory in 1854, admitted as a state 1861. Related: Kansan.