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 plane took off at 12:27 p.m. in Jorhat, a city in India's eastern Assam state bound for an airfield in Manchuka, about 128 miles (205 kilometers) to the north, the Indian Air Force said on Twitter. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "Indian military plane vanishes mid-flight," 6 June 2019 One squadron, part of the 98th Guards Reconnaissance Aviation Regiment stationed in Murmansk region at Monchegorsk airfield, will carry out the patrols from European Russia. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Resumes Fighter Patrols Over the North Pole," 6 Feb. 2019 At an airfield near Tarbes in southern France, about 70 miles from where the A380 superjumbo made its maiden voyage 13 years ago, one of those planes is parked on the tarmac. Robert Wall, WSJ, "The Last 747: Airlines Dump the Jumbo Jet, Transforming International Travel," 29 Dec. 2018 Our enthusiasm, however, was tempered when on its second flight, the largest aircraft in the world went nose first into the grass near its hangar at a U.K. airfield shortly after take off. Sebastian Modak, Condé Nast Traveler, "The World’s Largest Aircraft Will Have Luxurious Bedrooms and Glass Floors," 18 July 2018 After diverting to an airfield in Newfoundland because of a passenger’s medical emergency Saturday night, United Flight 179 couldn’t take off because of a mechanical problem. Alison Sider, WSJ, "United Airlines to Review ‘Worst Travel Nightmare’," 21 Jan. 2019 Just a half mile west is the A29 Autobahn, the location of the temporary airfield. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch A-10 Warthogs Landing on the German Autobahn During the Cold War," 5 July 2018 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

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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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