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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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 This will clear the way for our real target: an enemy airfield. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "B-52 Bombers Could Quadruple Their Wing Bomb Loads," 25 June 2018 The squadrons, who flew Typhoon fighter-bombers, were conducting missions from Duerne airfield in Antwerp. James Rogers, Fox News, "Never-before-seen Winston Churchill WWII photos surface," 13 July 2018 Image Slipping out of the Lucas plane on Wednesday, the Hammonds stepped onto the airfield in Burns, Ore., by their ranch, to a crowd of supporters and reporters. New York Times, "How a Tycoon and Pence Friend Helped 2 Ranchers Get Pardons," 12 July 2018 As the operations on the airfield have changed, so has fire season. Julia Sclafani And Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "Seen those tankers above Sacramento? The low-down on Cal Fire's biggest base at McClellan," 3 July 2018 Passenger traffic to San Antonio International Airport grew by more than 8 percent in May as the airfield adds more nonstop routes, aviation officials said Tuesday. Joshua Fechter, San Antonio Express-News, "Passenger traffic to San Antonio airport spiked more than 8 percent in May," 19 June 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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