Definition of fieldwork in US English:



  • 1Practical work conducted by a researcher in the natural environment, rather than in a laboratory or office.

    • ‘During each field season, fieldwork was conducted on a daily basis.’
    • ‘On weekends when the ground wasn't dry, the couple ventured to remote spots throughout Oregon to do fieldwork.’
    • ‘Seasonality also has an impact on both drug use patterns and the ability of project staff to do outreach and conduct fieldwork.’
    • ‘Rather, the focus here will be firmly upon my own and other researchers' experiences of practical issues which arise in the course of fieldwork with offenders.’
    • ‘Each of the authors draws on ethnographic fieldwork they have conducted separately in Tanzania and Malawi.’
    • ‘And even though he spends his working hours doing fieldwork, O'Neill never tires of being in nature.’
    • ‘Research projects, fieldwork, and dietetic rotations in ethnic communities would be helpful.’
    • ‘Donham reminds us of the difficulties in conducting fieldwork in such a part of the world.’
    • ‘It is the largest set of linguistic fieldwork interviews ever conducted, and involved asking people to tell the BBC about what they say and the way they say it.’
    • ‘For faculty, this is the season to wind up courses and begin fieldwork and writing projects.’
    • ‘The majority of fieldwork was conducted in the Sella Creek gold mining area.’
    • ‘In Greenland, they conducted fieldwork along with other geologists who had come on the same ship.’
    • ‘Piot, 53, originally made his name as one of the doctors who helped isolate the Ebola virus after conducting fieldwork in Zaire in 1976.’
    • ‘I assembled a team to conduct fieldwork, and began by comparing Uring's map with the modern topography along the river.’
    • ‘The program will integrate coursework with fieldwork in environmental studies.’
    • ‘The following examples come from four of the five holiday centres where fieldwork was conducted.’
    • ‘Advanced degree programs include classroom and fieldwork, laboratory research, and a dissertation or thesis.’
    • ‘He has been conducting fieldwork and interviewing software developers in and out of the workplace in the United States.’
    • ‘He recently conducted fieldwork in the Western Desert of Egypt and in Tunisia.’
    • ‘Only an unusually determined researcher could have pursued the idea through fieldwork in the natural history tradition.’
  • 2rare A temporary fortification.

    • ‘Hardee's men collided with Federal skirmishers before daylight, and the Confederates soon struck three Union divisions without fieldworks under Brig.’
    • ‘Again GPS technology empowered art, as a digital aerial imaging sensor, an aerial photography system, satellite data, and 3D remote sensing software captured the vibrant, burgeoning fieldworks from planes and satellites.’
    • ‘The Spanish adopted their usual tactic of forming up their arquebusiers behind a stout fieldwork, and keeping their foot and cavalry in reserve behind these.’
    rampart, defensive wall, defences, bulwark, palisade, stockade, redoubt, earthwork, outwork, bastion, parapet, battlement, blockhouse, barricade, buttress, stronghold
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