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 The new Infantry Squad Vehicle is designed to provide rapid ground mobility and can carry a nine-soldier infantry squad moving through the battlefield, GM Defense said. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "General Motors scores big $214.3M Army contract to provide troop carrier," 27 June 2020 Our country has already suffered greater loss of life from this pandemic than on the battlefield in the Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Gulf wars combined. Randi Weingarten, Fortune, "Student debt is making it harder to defeat the coronavirus," 25 June 2020 Afterward, when police arrived on the scene, the result looked like a battlefield encounter: Heavily armed police forces in tactical gear confronted militant civilians in camouflage gripping assault-style firearms. Firmin Debrabander, The New Republic, "America’s Cop Problem Is Also a Gun Problem," 24 June 2020 But this has become a tough battlefield, and the tactics are changing quickly. Kevin Smith, Car and Driver, "Seven 1990 SUVs Tested: Ford vs. GMC vs. Isuzu vs. Jeep vs. Mitsubishi vs. Nissan vs. Toyota," 22 June 2020 Although most of the interments have been moved off the battlefield to Antietam National Cemetery, the map is nonetheless an incredible historical document. Fox News, "Discovery of Civil War map sheds new light on Antietam’s bloody aftermath," 20 June 2020 In the legendary Trojan War, the champion Greek warrior Achilles and the bold Amazon Penthesilea were locked in hand-to-hand combat on the battlefield. National Geographic, "The fierce Amazons were more than just a myth—they were real," 18 June 2020 But historians and the Congressional Research Service believe that 116,516 is the best figure for WWI battlefield deaths., "NYC subway’s virus killers unleash mops, mist on 6,000 cars a night," 17 June 2020 The equipment transfer program was halted by the Obama administration following the high-profile use of battlefield-style equipment during the response to the 2014 riots in Ferguson, Missouri. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, "Nation's largest police union says it doesn't 'want to protect bad cops' as calls for reform mount," 10 June 2020

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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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3 Jul 2020

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“Battlefield.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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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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