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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Examples of battlefield in a Sentence

Hundreds of dead soldiers lay on the battlefield. wounded soldiers being carried off the battlefield
Recent Examples on the Web Griffiths expressed frustration that his efforts to achieve a cease-fire have been derailed by warring parties seeking gains on the battlefield. Samy Magdy, Star Tribune, 5 June 2021 Used as a practical military tactic among Vikings and Romans, long hair in the back kept soldiers warm on the battlefield, while shorter hair in front was less likely to get yanked by an adversary. Jancee Dunn, Vogue, 2 June 2021 Bishop Sean Daniels, who lost his brother on the battlefield, delivered a benediction after a wreath-laying ceremony. Lara Farrar, Arkansas Online, 1 June 2021 Generations of Americans have paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the nation's armed forces, emerging as heroes on the battlefield. Greg Norman, Fox News, 31 May 2021 Grasso had also come to say goodbye this Memorial Day weekend, something that had been denied him on the battlefield., 29 May 2021 The heads of state appeared to signal support for Déby’s son, who rose to power after the Chadian military said his father died on the battlefield while defending the country from rebels aiming to take control. Washington Post, 23 Apr. 2021 Though defeated on the battlefield and no longer holding any territory in Syria and Iraq, the U.S. and its partners in the anti-ISIS coalition remain concerned that ISIS is determined to reform as a viable fighting force. Luis Martinez, ABC News, 21 May 2021 Each sniper rifle will now be better fine-tuned to its role on the battlefield. Erik Kain, Forbes, 19 May 2021

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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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10 Jun 2021

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“Battlefield.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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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