Definition of fieldwork
1 : a temporary fortification thrown up by an army in the field
2 : work done in the field (as by students) to gain practical experience and knowledge through firsthand observation
3 : the gathering of anthropological or sociological data through the interviewing and observation of subjects in the field
field–workerplay \ˈfēld-ˌwər-kər\ noun
Examples of fieldwork in a Sentence
an anthropologist who has done fieldwork in the South Pacific
Recent Examples of fieldwork from the Web
The officer, whose name has not been released, was conducting a fieldwork investigation in the 3600 block of Clippert, in southwest Detroit, around midnight when a woman came up behind him and zapped him on the arm with a stun gun.
My fieldwork shows that law-abiding men of color are ... more likely to be harassed simply for choosing to carry a gun.
Participants will be doing hands-on fieldwork and laboratory research at a professional, ongoing archaeological dig.
In preparation for Alabama's bicentennial celebration, folklorists will conduct archival research and fieldwork about the state's musical traditions and quilting heritage.
Linnaeus made many drawings as part of his fieldwork and the Lapland journal is full of them.
In the first phase, the group will do fieldwork, interviews, compile data and analyze market demand, characteristics, trends and prospective hotel development sites.
Domaine des 2 Ânes winery has three roaming donkeys doing its fieldwork; cruising around snacking on Syrah vines instead of pruning, the animals fertilizing at the same time.
Evidence-gathering fieldwork involves locating victims and witnesses, conducting interviews and taking photographs.
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First Known Use of fieldwork
FIELDWORK Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of fieldwork for English Language Learners
: the work of gathering information by going into the field (sense 4)
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