bat·tle·field | \ˈba-tᵊl-ˌfēld \

Definition of battlefield 

1 : a place where a battle is fought

2 : an area of conflict

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Synonyms for battlefield


battleground, field

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Examples of battlefield in a Sentence

Hundreds of dead soldiers lay on the battlefield. wounded soldiers being carried off the battlefield

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Sutton said Yobe could also be used in military communications, to enable better communications among groups of soldiers on a battlefield. Hiawatha Bray,, "Tech community wrestles over working with government," 13 July 2018 The Sky auction has become a central battlefield in a larger contest between Comcast and Disney. Kiley Roache, WSJ, "Fox Gets U.K. Approval to Buy Sky Amid Bidding War With Comcast," 12 July 2018 Here were are, barely 72 hours into this tournament and already Federer’s half of the draw has turned into a battlefield. Jon Wertheim,, "Five Thoughts From Day Four at Wimbledon," 5 July 2018 In a matter of days, the entire city became a horrifying battlefield. Maija Liuhto, Longreads, "A Music So Beautiful the Birds Fell from the Trees," 28 June 2018 Nearby, soldiers who left Lake County to go to war are sleeping in tents or cooking squirrel near a battlefield. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Civil War Days event in Lake County shows many sides of the 1860s experience," 20 June 2018 Golden Gate Park, dark and quiet, became a bloody battlefield early yesterday on which a young San Francisco policeman was shot to death and another wounded while in pursuit of two robbery suspects. Johnny Miller, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF police officer shot to death in gunbattle in 1968," 14 June 2018 But Barr’s Hollywood has always been a battlefield waged on personal and professional fronts. Greg Braxton,, "The battles of Roseanne Barr and why a spinoff show could lead to another epic fight," 14 June 2018 But Civil War enthusiasts said the name should reflect the site’s history as a battlefield. Meris Lutz, ajc, "Cobb likely to adopt compromise name for park with Civil War earthworks," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of battlefield

1813, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of battlefield

: a place where a battle is fought

: an area of conflict or disagreement


bat·tle·field | \ˈba-tᵊl-ˌfēld \

Kids Definition of battlefield

: a place where a military battle is fought or was once fought

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