noun, often attributive
green·​field | \ˈgrēn-ˌfēld \

Definition of greenfield 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: land (such as a potential industrial site) not previously developed or polluted


geographical name
Green·​field | \ˈgrēn-ˌfēld \

Definition of Greenfield (Entry 2 of 2)

city in southeastern Wisconsin near Milwaukee population 36,720

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The projects backed by Resilient Melbourne include a greenfield site for about 5,000 homes led by developer Mirvac. Michael Taylor, The Christian Science Monitor, "Won't you be my neighbor: Melbourne experiments with community-led housing," 11 July 2018 Get our daily newsletter Consider cross-border investment by firms, which consists of takeovers and greenfield investments such as factories. The Economist, "Canaries in the coal mine," 14 June 2018 The health fund also invests in greenfield and brownfield projects unlike standard private equity funds and so the timing of the deployment of capital is less predictable, Abraaj said. Arif Sharif,, "What Led the Middle East's Top Dealmaker to Step Down," 2 Mar. 2018 That is a point often overlooked in national debate over issues such as tariffs, or by development authorities who traditionally focus on large, greenfield projects, say officials at the DeSales Community Development Corp. in St. Louis. Howard Schneider, The Christian Science Monitor, "As US jobs market grows, cities look to support those left behind," 9 May 2018 Fraudsters look at mobile banking as a wide open greenfield of possibility, particularly as there are more mobile ways to move money. Dan Weil, WSJ, "How Secure Is Mobile Banking?," 18 Mar. 2018 Other recent smart-city attempts, like the Bill Gates–connected Belmont, Arizona, project, have chosen unincorporated greenfield locations for maximum freedom—and to avoid extended politicking about logistics and market disruption. Molly Sauter, The Atlantic, "Google’s Guinea-Pig City," 13 Feb. 2018 Nearly three decades ago, in 1989, the UAW sought to unionize the workers at Nissan ’s first greenfield plant in Smyrna, Tenn., and was routed. WSJ, "Unions Must Better Meet Workers Real Needs," 15 Aug. 2017 But going from brownfields to greenfields is nothing other cities haven't already done. James Bruggers, The Courier-Journal, "Indiana launches Ohio River Greenway transformation into a world-class urban park," 25 Dec. 2017

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1940, in the meaning defined above

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