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


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 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 Distributing air power across the country to smaller, less conspicuous airfields was a smart backup option. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch A-10 Warthogs Landing on the German Autobahn During the Cold War," 5 July 2018 Filmed at Elyxan Aviation, an airfield 40 minutes south of Paris, the video literally takes the Balmain Army to new heights. Vogue, "The Balmain Army Takes Flight in French Vogue’s Original Short," 11 July 2018 The Silverstone circuit was celebrating 70 years since the Royal Automobile Club held a Grand Prix on the former wartime airfield in 1948, when Luigi Villoresi led an Italian 1-2 for Maserati. Ciaran Fahey,, "Sebastian Vettel wins British Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton recovers to finish second," 8 July 2018 Joseph Maciel was deployed with the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade and attacked by an Afghan soldier at Tarin Kowt airfield in Uruzgan province, said Army Lt. Dan Lamothe, Washington Post, "U.S. soldier killed in Afghanistan was supporting the Army’s new adviser brigade," 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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