Definition of battlefield in English:


(also battleground)


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

    ‘death on the battlefield’
    [as modifier] ‘battlefield conditions’
    • ‘Future battlefields will require ground units to cover ever-widening frontages.’
    • ‘You need us, because wars are no longer fought on battlefields.’
    • ‘American veterans are now tourists on battlefields where once they fought.’
    • ‘Political geography may have been shaped in the mind as well as on the ground and the battlefield.’
    • ‘As soon as they reach the age of 16, men and women are called upon to fight on the battlefields.’
    • ‘Paramedics should not have to enter a battleground every time they fight to save someone's life.’
    • ‘There is already some communication, but it is not specially structured for battlefield conditions.’
    • ‘The wars of the future will not be fought on the battlefield or at sea.’
    • ‘Armies - and the battlefields they fought on - just gradually grew in size as better technology came along.’
    • ‘Yet these operatives, fighting on scattered battlefields, share a similar ideology and vision for our world.’
    • ‘From the battlefields to the playing fields, veteran actor and playwright Frank Williams knows all about both.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Many men, however, also saw it as their duty to bring honour to their clan or caste, by fighting bravely on the battlefield.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Terrorists wear civilian clothes and they don't fight on battlefields.’
    • ‘History surrounds us with battlefields, burial grounds, and forts.’
    • ‘Why did men keep on fighting when conditions on the battlefield were so awful?’
    • ‘To dominate the ground on battlefields of the next decade, combat soldiers and marines will want a full combined arms solution on their side.’
    • ‘As in most battlefields the high ground here is strategically vital.’
    • ‘At the beginning of 1916, the Germans introduced a new weapon to the battlefields on the Western Front.’
    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. 1.1A place or situation of strife or conflict.
      ‘an ideological battlefield’
      • ‘The ideological battleground of the Cold War stretched far and wide and Africa was not an exception.’
      • ‘ALL three major parties have now made education one of the key battlegrounds where they will fight the next General Election.’
      • ‘The political spectrum has become narrower with the ideological battleground moving to the right.’
      • ‘He saw her falter under his stare, those veiled dark eyes showing bouts of undecideness and mistrust, the sepia battlegrounds of conflicting desires.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He knows he appeals to people who still regard politics not as the art of compromise, but as the battlefield of ideology.’
      • ‘The climax of the case has become a battleground in the ratings war between the Seven and Nine networks.’
      • ‘The most decisive battleground will be the ideological one.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Well, it's come down to this: two candidates, seven battlegrounds, two percentage points, mere hours to go.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Equality of the races and of the sexes have become continuing battlegrounds.’
      • ‘But Kerry must equally fight on the battlefields of personality and policy.’
      • ‘Obviously corporates will be allowed to fly their banners and flags to mark off their piece of the battleground.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Like elections in the United States and Europe, Canadian elections are ideological battlegrounds.’
      area, scene, sphere, realm, province, domain, sector, forum, territory, theatre, stage, world
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