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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Except for Cersei with her people down at King's Landing and the Northern civilians hidden in the Winterfell crypts, everyone else was on the battlefield at some point of the night, even Bran Stark. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "People Are Dragging Bran for Not Participating in the Battle of Winterfell on Game of Thrones," 29 Apr. 2019 Nuns on the battlefield had become a great comforts to the dying, and the soldiers passed around a petition urging them to stay. Nic Rowan, WSJ, "Nuns on the Civil War Battlefield," 25 Apr. 2019 The successful use of GPS by the U.S. military in combat operations however has made interference a top priority for many countries, particularly those like Russia and North Korea that could face the U.S. on the battlefield. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Report: Russia Engaging in Widespread Satellite Navigation Spoofing," 3 Apr. 2019 Threats to tankers from new battlefield technologies are proliferating at a rate not seen in decades. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "Boeing’s other problem: Much-needed Air Force tanker keeps hitting snafus," 12 Apr. 2019 At yesterday's Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony, Nadia Murad's friend and lawyer Amal Clooney spoke to the Norwegian Nobel Institute about what impact this year's prize will have on the millions of women whose bodies are being used as battlefields. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Watch Amal Clooney Explain the Importance of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Nadia Murad's Work," 11 Dec. 2018 Winding through Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee, the parkway is also home to many famed hiking trails and, near Tupelo, two Civil War battlefields. Juliet Izon, Woman's Day, "The 12 Most Scenic Drives in the Country to Add to Your Bucket List ASAP," 4 Dec. 2018 In the desperate conditions of Puerto Rico, FEMA resorted to giving staff members what could be described as battlefield promotions. Arelis R. Hernandez And Joel Achenbach,, "Failure of imagination hindered federal response to hurricanes that devastated Puerto Rico," 14 July 2018 Midsize battlefield Ford will launch the 2019 Ranger early next year to compete with the Chevy Colorado and Toyota Tacoma. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "General Motors topping Ford in pickup market share," 12 July 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 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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