coalfield

noun
coal·​field | \ ˈkōl-ˌfēld How to pronounce coalfield (audio) \

Definition of coalfield

: a region rich in coal deposits

Examples of coalfield in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Arsenic and other harmful substances have been found in numerous wells dug in the Appalachian coalfields, the Ohio Valley ReSource reports. Mark Olalde, USA TODAY, "Climate Point: Does God want a forest cut down?," 6 Mar. 2020 Meantime, like everywhere, life has changed for everyone in far eastern Kentucky, from southeast coalfields of Harlan to the once-booming industrial northeast city of Ashland along the Ohio River. Chris Kenning, The Courier-Journal, "Why the coronavirus couldn't have come at a worse time for reeling Appalachian Kentucky," 21 Mar. 2020 No place needed jobs more than the coalfields, where mechanization and cheap natural gas were putting miners out of work by the thousands. Washington Post, "Kentucky was devastated for decades by mountaintop removal. Now scientists have figured out a way to undo the damage — one tree at a time.," 13 Feb. 2020 Unclaimed horses have been spotted grazing on or near mines in the coalfields of Kentucky's Appalachian Mountains for years. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "'We've got a problem': After horse massacre, Kentucky lawmakers want to rein in wild herd," 16 Jan. 2020 My view also includes the counties in the southern coalfields and other central Appalachian communities. Judith Feinberg, STAT, "The view from West Virginia: the end of HIV transmission is a distant dream," 1 Dec. 2019 The feeling of hopelessness among white men in the Appalachian coalfields or the industrial Rust Belt of the Ohio River Valley, stems in part from feelings that the economic deck is stacked against them. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Depths of U.S. despair defy traditional economics," 27 Oct. 2019 This village named Bluefield was, in reality, surrounded by black bituminous coalfields. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "The Greatest Leap, part 6: After Apollo, NASA still searching for an encore," 21 July 2019 This village named Bluefield was, in reality, surrounded by black bituminous coalfields. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "The Greatest Leap, part 6: After Apollo, NASA still searching for an encore," 21 July 2019

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First Known Use of coalfield

1734, in the meaning defined above

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“Coalfield.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coalfield. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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coalfield

noun

English Language Learners Definition of coalfield

: a large area where there is a lot of coal under the ground

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