Definition of battlefield in US English:

battlefield

(also battleground)

noun

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

    ‘death on the battlefield’
    as modifier ‘battlefield conditions’
    • ‘Yet these operatives, fighting on scattered battlefields, share a similar ideology and vision for our world.’
    • ‘At the beginning of 1916, the Germans introduced a new weapon to the battlefields on the Western Front.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You need us, because wars are no longer fought on battlefields.’
    • ‘From the battlefields to the playing fields, veteran actor and playwright Frank Williams knows all about both.’
    • ‘As in most battlefields the high ground here is strategically vital.’
    • ‘There is already some communication, but it is not specially structured for battlefield conditions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘American veterans are now tourists on battlefields where once they fought.’
    • ‘The wars of the future will not be fought on the battlefield or at sea.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As soon as they reach the age of 16, men and women are called upon to fight on the battlefields.’
    • ‘Future battlefields will require ground units to cover ever-widening frontages.’
    • ‘Many men, however, also saw it as their duty to bring honour to their clan or caste, by fighting bravely on the battlefield.’
    • ‘Paramedics should not have to enter a battleground every time they fight to save someone's life.’
    • ‘To dominate the ground on battlefields of the next decade, combat soldiers and marines will want a full combined arms solution on their side.’
    • ‘History surrounds us with battlefields, burial grounds, and forts.’
    • ‘Why did men keep on fighting when conditions on the battlefield were so awful?’
    • ‘Terrorists wear civilian clothes and they don't fight on battlefields.’
    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’
      • ‘Well, it's come down to this: two candidates, seven battlegrounds, two percentage points, mere hours to go.’
      • ‘Obviously corporates will be allowed to fly their banners and flags to mark off their piece of the battleground.’
      • ‘Equality of the races and of the sexes have become continuing battlegrounds.’
      • ‘He saw her falter under his stare, those veiled dark eyes showing bouts of undecideness and mistrust, the sepia battlegrounds of conflicting desires.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The war for market share will not be fought on the traditional battlegrounds of the retail branch networks, but in cyberworld.’
      • ‘The battleground was a classic parliamentary - executive conflict about accountability.’
      • ‘The political spectrum has become narrower with the ideological battleground moving to the right.’
      • ‘Like elections in the United States and Europe, Canadian elections are ideological battlegrounds.’
      • ‘The climax of the case has become a battleground in the ratings war between the Seven and Nine networks.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘ALL three major parties have now made education one of the key battlegrounds where they will fight the next General Election.’
      • ‘How the parties deal with that once it happens is turning out to be a battleground in many cases.’
      • ‘Such was the importance of the sector that it regularly became an ideological battleground that boiled over into conflict.’
      • ‘One big problem with using the past to predict the future is that the real battlegrounds differ dramatically from election to election.’
      • ‘He knows he appeals to people who still regard politics not as the art of compromise, but as the battlefield of ideology.’
      • ‘But Kerry must equally fight on the battlefields of personality and policy.’
      • ‘The most decisive battleground will be the ideological one.’
      area, scene, sphere, realm, province, domain, sector, forum, territory, theatre, stage, world
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Pronunciation

battlefield

/ˈbadlˌfēld//ˈbædlˌfild/