air·​field ˈer-ˌfēld How to pronounce airfield (audio)
: an area of land from which aircraft operate: such as

Examples of airfield in a Sentence

the passenger jet made an emergency landing at an abandoned airfield
Recent Examples on the Web On one terrace—in a space that spans nearly the entire length of the lounge — feature the action of the airfield and is an ideal spot for aviation aficionados. Chris Dong, Travel + Leisure, 14 Feb. 2024 The North African war was being waged mostly along coastal areas, where Axis airfields and bases were strung out. Robert D. McFadden, New York Times, 4 Jan. 2024 Haneda Airport has not suffered a fatal aircraft accident since February 1982 when a McDonnell Douglas JAL crashed near the airfield into Tokyo Bay, resulting in the death of 24 of the 174 people on board, according to the Aviation Safety Network. Danny Lee, Fortune, 2 Jan. 2024 Ukraine, for example, has developed the ability to undertake additional long-range strikes against Russian airfields, defense factories, and energy infrastructure over the past year. Mick Ryan, Foreign Affairs, 5 Feb. 2024 Footage from the airfield outside the Haneda airport building appeared to show the Airbus jet colliding with the other aircraft just after touching down after dark, then skidding on in a trail of flames. Danny Lee, Fortune, 2 Jan. 2024 Out of the windows, monitors show the Marina, California, airfield and the straw meadows and green hills beyond. Marc Wortman, Rolling Stone, 25 Dec. 2023 The airfield is used primarily for charter and cargo flights. Christophe Ena and Angela Charlton The Associated Press,, 24 Dec. 2023 Nearly 20 hours after the raid, Mr. Zamir watched as West German snipers and Palestinians traded fire at an airfield, leaving all the captives dead as well as five of the militants from the Black September faction. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, 20 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1919, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of airfield was in 1919

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“Airfield.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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air·​field ˈa(ə)r-ˌfēld How to pronounce airfield (audio)
: the landing field of an airport

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