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

  • adj. Belonging to a prehistoric culture of central Texas, characterized by oval grinding stones.
  • 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.

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)


  • ABILENE (April 19, 2010) -- The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor softball team grabbed the lead in the middle innings of both games and the Cru held on for a doubleheader sweep of Hardin-Simmons University Monday afternoon in Abilene.

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  • ABILENE (July 29, 2009) -- The owner of 15 horses will not be allowed to recover the rescued animals that were removed from her Abilene property this month.

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  • ABILENE (AP) - An Abilene woman accused of scalding her twin infants in the bathtub because one of them soiled his diaper has been indicted.

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  • The Dwight D. Eisenhower Library in Abilene, Kan., was not able to find any record of Brodrick being a pilot for Ike.

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  • That money will be obtained from the sale of three adult retail properties that he owns and has now forfeited in Abilene, Amarillo and Merkel, Texas.

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  • For christmas we got a snow storm in Abilene and a limit of ducks, pretty good Christmas Eve if you ask me.

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  • Growing up in Abilene, I had my first Jalapeño burger around 1970 from a mom and pop called Mr. G's and that's what I've always held in my heart as the default as to what would be a burger unique to Texas.

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  • I live in Abilene, Tx. Randy Neugebauer is my Congressman because of corrupt redistricting that took place a few years ago.

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  • (Abilene is prettier than the Oklahoma Panhandle).

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  • Having lived in Abilene, El Paso and Albuquerque, I know exactly what that means.

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