air·​field | \ -ˌfēld How to pronounce airfield (audio) \

Definition of airfield

: an area of land from which aircraft operate: such as
a : airport
b : air base

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Synonyms for airfield


aerodrome [chiefly British], airdrome, airport, field

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Examples of airfield in a Sentence

the passenger jet made an emergency landing at an abandoned airfield

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The city’s Aviation Department said the improvements show the effectiveness of the O’Hare Modernization Program, which reconfigured the airfield into a parallel runway layout, with more runways going east to west, rather than on diagonals. Mary Wisniewski,, "O'Hare's on-time performance improves, moves from bottom of the pile to middle: FAA," 3 Apr. 2018 The bombs could be targeted against enemy airfields, ports, industrial centers, and other targets. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Military Once Had Nukes That Could Fit in a Backpack," 14 Jan. 2019 But the airfield targeted by the Pentagon resumed operations shortly after the attack and, according to Western intelligence assessments, chemical attacks resumed. Author: Carol Morello, Anne Gearan, Missy Ryan, Anchorage Daily News, "After Syria attack, US and Russia tensions rise, but military confrontation fears ease," 14 Apr. 2018 Two United Airlines planes collided on the airfield at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on Wednesday afternoon, with no injuries reported. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Two United Airlines planes collide on the ground at Chicago O'Hare Airport," 16 Aug. 2018 They're fronted with floor-to-ceiling windows; most afford guests views of either flight activity on the airfield or a panorama of the TWA Flight Center itself. Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY, "Exclusive first look: Inching closer to launch, TWA Hotel unveils room design," 16 Apr. 2018 In that strike, the US military dropped 59 Tomahawk missiles on the Al Shayrat airfield. Julie Hirschfeld Davis,, "Trump says Syria will pay ‘big price’ for new chemical attack," 8 Apr. 2018 But the attack led President Trump to order a cruise missile strike on an airfield that American intelligence officials said had been used by Mr. Assad’s air force to strike Khan Sheikhoun. Michael Schwirtz, New York Times, "U.S. Accuses Syria of New Chemical Weapons Use," 23 Jan. 2018 And in 2017 Trump authorized a barrage of Tomahawk cruise missiles to hit a single Syrian airfield in retaliation for Assad’s use of sarin gas against civilians. Susannah George, The Seattle Times, "US warns Russia, Syria against chemical weapons use," 28 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of airfield

1919, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of airfield was in 1919

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English Language Learners Definition of airfield

: a field or airport where airplanes take off and land


air·​field | \ ˈer-ˌfēld How to pronounce airfield (audio) \

Kids Definition of airfield

: a field or airport where airplanes take off and land

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