bat·​tle·​field | \ ˈba-tᵊl-ˌfēld How to pronounce battlefield (audio) \

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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Unlike many ground forces, the U.S. Army must pretty much plan for any battlefield, on any continent, against all types of enemies. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Army’s Next 'Tank' Could Look Like Anything," 11 Oct. 2018 In its place: Fabio-like locks that appear too shampooed for the battlefield. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "Marvel makeover: Ranking the new Avengers hair in 'Infinity War'," 4 May 2018 Photo: Associated Press If remains recovered from the battlefield are found to be those of an American or French serviceman, they will be sent to the relevant country, likely after a proper ceremony, said Maj. Andrew Jeong, WSJ, "Old Enemies Meet Again on the Battlefield, This Time to Recover the Dead," 12 Feb. 2019 This is consistent with what other military officials have said, noting the future battlefield in space may require nimble deployment of smaller assets. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Rokot ending, more spaceports, back-to-back Falcon Heavies," 21 Dec. 2018 There’s lots of cover to hide behind, and, yes, a poisonous cloud steadily closes in, shrinking the battlefield. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Supercell’s new game mixes Fortnite and Clash Royale, and it’s out soon," 14 Nov. 2018 The House battlefield is huge: Election forecasters considered more than 100 House elections to be competitive in the 2018 midterms, the vast majority of them held by the GOP. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Every House seat Democrats have flipped in the midterm elections, in one post.," 7 Nov. 2018 These are extremely dangerous people and should not be allowed back onto the battlefield. Carol Rosenberg, miamiherald, "Al-Qaida terrorist took his Guantánamo art home as a reward for trial testimony | Miami Herald," 10 May 2018 Tidyman never heard any stories from his grandfather, a soldier who was gassed on the battlefield during World War I. And his father only twice talked about his experiences as a paratrooper during World War II. Brian Albrecht,, "Veterans' stories don't end with military discharge in the DD214 Chronicle (photos,video)," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of battlefield

1813, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of battlefield was in 1813

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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 How to pronounce battlefield (audio) \

Kids Definition of battlefield

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

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