field·​work | \ ˈfēld-ˌwərk How to pronounce fieldwork (audio) \

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

Other Words from fieldwork

field-worker \ ˈfēld-​ˌwər-​kər How to pronounce fieldwork (audio) \ noun

Examples of fieldwork in a Sentence

an anthropologist who has done fieldwork in the South Pacific
Recent Examples on the Web The city of Tempe has been planning a new program for systematic assessment of water lines and fieldwork is set to begin in the next few months, the release states. Angela Cordoba Perez, The Arizona Republic, 9 May 2022 Scattered reports of infanticide among primates were later borne out by fieldwork. Rebecca Giggs, The Atlantic, 6 May 2022 Such unpredictable open-water safaris have long been a staple of marine biology fieldwork and in recent years have grown increasingly popular among ocean lovers around the world, especially free divers. Adam Skolnick, Outside Online, 4 May 2022 There is no bluster, no boasting, no chest puffing here, just a genuinely enthusiastic scientist overseeing a season of fieldwork that has taken a lifetime to prepare. Amy Brady, Scientific American, 1 May 2022 The looting was sometimes a condition of keeping his funding for fieldwork. Rachel Parsons, Scientific American, 28 Mar. 2022 In 2020, bureau data collection was disrupted by a months-long suspension of fieldwork due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Zachary Snowdon Smith, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2022 At Howard, she was drawn to the idea of spending long periods of time in nature for fieldwork. Erin Berger, Outside Online, 23 Jan. 2022 With the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Carstens' graduate students were left unable to do any fieldwork. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 30 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of fieldwork

1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 May 2022

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“Fieldwork.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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