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  • A city of southwest Iran on Abadan Island in the delta of the Shatt al Arab at the head of the Persian Gulf.

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  • proper noun A port city in southwestern Iran.

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  • noun a port city in southwestern Iran


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  • Above Abadan, which is just a cluster of circular tanks, slender chimneys and square houses on the arid plain, with a mass of barges lining the numerous wharfs, we passed Mohammerah.

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  • At the other end of the block, at 11th Avenue, Mr. Abadan designed a 12-story building.

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  • Architect Mustafa Abadan, a onetime student at the 745-acre Cornell University, knows what a college campus is supposed to feel like.

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  • A reader, speculating that the government set the bomb, writes, The mullahs did something similar in August 1978 in Iran - they set a cinema in Abadan ablaze and blamed the Shah.

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  • At seemingly every opportunity, Mr. Abadan has dedicated precious space toward that end.

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  • Alongside the regular steps to the building's 59th Street entrance, Mr. Abadan has created what he calls "notional" steps, too far apart to be comfortably ascended, but well-suited for seating.

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  • "When they do have the opportunity to be together, to hang together, it does give them that extra richness, that chance to learn from each other," says Mr. Abadan, a partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

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  • He had taught English in our hometown of Abadan, Iran.

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  • It then built the world's biggest refinery at the port of Abadan on the Persian Gulf.

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