Definition of battlefield in English:


(also battleground)


  • 1The piece of ground on which a battle is or was fought.

    ‘the battlefields of the Great War’
    ‘death on the battlefield’
    as modifier ‘battlefield conditions’
    ‘battlefield nuclear weapons’
    • ‘Paramedics should not have to enter a battleground every time they fight to save someone's life.’
    • ‘At the beginning of 1916, the Germans introduced a new weapon to the battlefields on the Western Front.’
    • ‘Terrorists wear civilian clothes and they don't fight on battlefields.’
    • ‘It was this close bond which persuaded him to follow his brothers to the battlefields of France to fight a foe he had no desire to destroy.’
    • ‘American veterans are now tourists on battlefields where once they fought.’
    • ‘You need us, because wars are no longer fought on battlefields.’
    • ‘History surrounds us with battlefields, burial grounds, and forts.’
    • ‘To dominate the ground on battlefields of the next decade, combat soldiers and marines will want a full combined arms solution on their side.’
    • ‘Political geography may have been shaped in the mind as well as on the ground and the battlefield.’
    • ‘Armies - and the battlefields they fought on - just gradually grew in size as better technology came along.’
    • ‘As in most battlefields the high ground here is strategically vital.’
    • ‘Many men, however, also saw it as their duty to bring honour to their clan or caste, by fighting bravely on the battlefield.’
    • ‘As soon as they reach the age of 16, men and women are called upon to fight on the battlefields.’
    • ‘There is already some communication, but it is not specially structured for battlefield conditions.’
    • ‘Yet these operatives, fighting on scattered battlefields, share a similar ideology and vision for our world.’
    • ‘The wars of the future will not be fought on the battlefield or at sea.’
    • ‘Why did men keep on fighting when conditions on the battlefield were so awful?’
    • ‘The debt of gratitude owed to veterans of the Second World War is to be partially repaid through a £10m scheme allowing them to visit the foreign battlegrounds where they fought.’
    • ‘From the battlefields to the playing fields, veteran actor and playwright Frank Williams knows all about both.’
    • ‘Future battlefields will require ground units to cover ever-widening frontages.’
    battleground, front, battle front, battle lines, field of operations, field of battle, combat zone, theatre, arena of war, theatre of war, battle stations
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    1. 1.1 A place or situation of strife or conflict.
      ‘an ideological battlefield’
      • ‘How the parties deal with that once it happens is turning out to be a battleground in many cases.’
      • ‘Perhaps never before have national and local politics been seen to be so effective, and particularly on the old battlefields on the ground in the North.’
      • ‘Like elections in the United States and Europe, Canadian elections are ideological battlegrounds.’
      • ‘ALL three major parties have now made education one of the key battlegrounds where they will fight the next General Election.’
      • ‘Equality of the races and of the sexes have become continuing battlegrounds.’
      • ‘Women in most (including Western) cultures are required to embody the ethnicity of a culture and our bodies become the battlegrounds for conflicts between men of different cultural groups.’
      • ‘The political spectrum has become narrower with the ideological battleground moving to the right.’
      • ‘He knows he appeals to people who still regard politics not as the art of compromise, but as the battlefield of ideology.’
      • ‘He saw her falter under his stare, those veiled dark eyes showing bouts of undecideness and mistrust, the sepia battlegrounds of conflicting desires.’
      • ‘The war for market share will not be fought on the traditional battlegrounds of the retail branch networks, but in cyberworld.’
      • ‘The ideological battleground of the Cold War stretched far and wide and Africa was not an exception.’
      • ‘The house-building sector is the perfect battleground for these two emotions.’
      • ‘Obviously corporates will be allowed to fly their banners and flags to mark off their piece of the battleground.’
      • ‘Well, it's come down to this: two candidates, seven battlegrounds, two percentage points, mere hours to go.’
      • ‘One big problem with using the past to predict the future is that the real battlegrounds differ dramatically from election to election.’
      • ‘Such was the importance of the sector that it regularly became an ideological battleground that boiled over into conflict.’
      • ‘The most decisive battleground will be the ideological one.’
      • ‘The battleground was a classic parliamentary - executive conflict about accountability.’
      • ‘But Kerry must equally fight on the battlefields of personality and policy.’
      • ‘The climax of the case has become a battleground in the ratings war between the Seven and Nine networks.’
      area, scene, sphere, realm, province, domain, sector, forum, territory, theatre, stage, world
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