air·​field | \-ˌfēld \

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 hostages died later during a botched German rescue attempt at a military airfield outside Munich. Aron Heller, Fox News, "Israel's Mossad spy agency shrouded in mystery and mystique," 1 May 2018 More travelers are discovering Hartford, Connecticut’s airport—now New England’s second-busiest airfield after Boston Logan—thanks to a wide spate of flight choices, including Aer Lingus’s flights to Ireland, and Spirit’s services to Florida. Barbara Peterson, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Airports in the U.S.: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Students go through a program that includes airfield rules, terminology, primary flight and more. Mary Lou Cruz,, "Sunrise area events July 18-28," 13 July 2018 But the airfield was quickly back in operation, and Mr. Assad returned to using less-lethal chlorine gas. Michael C. Bender, WSJ, "U.S., U.K. and France Launch Strikes Against Syria," 13 Apr. 2018 The Khan Sheikhoun attack led to a U.S. airstrike on a Syrian airfield. Fox News, "UN members: Syria not answering chemical weapons questions," 3 July 2018 Under the preferred option, the airfield near Coupeville would have a total of 24,100 takeoffs and landings annually. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "Navy releases plan for increased Growler aircraft training on Whidbey Island," 27 June 2018 The 2017 strike, which was directed at 59 targets on a single airfield, persuaded Mr. Assad to refrain from chemical attacks for a time. Dion Nissenbaum, WSJ, "U.S. Upholds Its Red Line in Syria, While Steering Clear of Russia’s," 14 Apr. 2018 Scott McLean, deputy chief of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said the supertanker was undergoing checks at an airfield outside Sacramento. Washington Post, "Wildfires rage through California amid heat rage," 8 July 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 \

Kids Definition of airfield

: a field or airport where airplanes take off and land

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