from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A city of central Kansas west of Topeka. Dwight D. Eisenhower lived in Abilene during his youth; the Eisenhower Center includes his family homestead, a museum and library, and his grave. Population: 6,440.
- A city of west-central Texas west-southwest of Fort Worth. Founded in 1881 with the coming of the railroad, the city first prospered as a shipping center for cattle. Population: 115,000.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. A city of west-central Texas west-southwest of Fort Worth; founded in 1881 with the coming of the railroad, the city first prospered as a shipping center for cattle.
- proper n. A city in Kansas.
- adj. Belonging to a prehistoric culture of central Texas, characterized by oval grinding stones.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a town in central Kansas to the west of Topeka; home of Dwight D. Eisenhower
- n. a city in central Texas
Origin unknown. (Wiktionary)
Named for the town of Abilene, Texas, near where the artifacts were discovered. (Wiktionary)