Definition of minefield in English:

minefield

(also mine field)

noun

  • 1An area planted with explosive mines.

    • ‘Taiwan's military scattered more than 100,000 mines in 152 minefields on Kinmen and Matsu after the KMT fled to Taiwan in 1949.’
    • ‘At the initial stage of the operation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the principal mass of minefields (clusters of mines) was found in disposition areas of Russian units.’
    • ‘Combat engineers learn how to breach minefields, lay minefields, set boobytraps, build field-expedient explosives, and other skills that would be very valuable to a terrorist recruit.’
    • ‘Other tasks included identifying and isolating minefields and unexploded ordnance that ringed the base.’
    • ‘All these rabbits lived in this space, because they could jump around the minefields without making the mines explode.’
    • ‘Cat-unfriendly environments include active minefields, demilitarized zones, the bottom of the ocean, and hell.’
    • ‘New symbols to show minefields, or areas targeted for artillery fire, will also be available.’
    • ‘Breaching minefields and other explosive obstacles that were widely used during the war posed a special difficulty.’
    • ‘One of the fastest ways to breach a minefield is with explosives.’
    • ‘The core elements of such groups can be tanks (infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers) as well as minefields and explosive obstacles.’
    • ‘The image of her walking through a cleared area of a minefield in Angola with a visor covering her face adorned every newspaper.’
    • ‘Soldiers will examine the data to identify suspected mines and minefield locations.’
    • ‘They can also dig fighting positions or keep enemies at bay by planting their own minefields.’
    • ‘A key role in this warfare is assigned to remote minelaying and remotely controlled minefields.’
    • ‘They carry mental maps of minefields of undetectable mines.’
    • ‘In addition, both the Taliban and Northern Alliance may have engaged in more traditional types of mine warfare and existing minefields may have shifted or expanded and new ones been laid.’
    • ‘But when they attacked in March 1915, Allied (Anglo-French) naval forces had been turned back by enemy minefields, and had called in land forces to help.’
    • ‘Although hundreds of acres of land in the Falklands are off-limits because of mines, the minefields are well marked and therefore cause few problems.’
    • ‘Protection of areas and positions held by the troops is carried out (in keeping with the Geneva Convention) via installation of controlled minefields only.’
    • ‘The film starts with a high speed hovercraft chase through a minefield in the demilitarised zone separating North and South Korea.’
    1. 1.1 A subject or situation presenting unseen hazards.
      ‘a minefield of technical regulations’
      • ‘Zoologists have been accused of skirting round the subject for fear of stepping into a political minefield.’
      • ‘Many commentators have rightly pointed out that such a ‘bill of rights’ would be a legal minefield.’
      • ‘It's going to be chaired by me for The Media Report, and we're going to look at the Internet from anarchic dream to legal minefield.’
      • ‘Anyway I digress, see what a minefield this subject is!’
      • ‘Taylor's view is that this is a legal minefield and he's right.’
      • ‘Naming is a potential minefield, with numerous pitfalls that can be surprisingly significant to a rose's future success.’
      • ‘The fact is that employment law is now a legal minefield.’
      • ‘He points out that the explosion of Internet medical information is creating a legal minefield for doctors.’
      • ‘This case highlights the legal and moral minefield surrounding neighbourhood disputes.’
      • ‘It's a public forum to discuss whether the Internet has been transformed from some sort of anarchic dream into a legal minefield.’
      • ‘The most serious obstacle, however, is the political minefield that such a bus service presents.’
      • ‘They concede that this will be a legal and constitutional minefield.’
      • ‘Many films have examined bigotry better than Far from Heaven, which asks for trouble by entering the double minefield of race and sexuality.’
      • ‘Many pieces pose questions, state conundrums, then negotiate the minefield therein.’
      • ‘The French ruling opens up a legal minefield, according to industry experts.’
      • ‘The introduction of webcams for child care centres, potentially, opens a legal minefield.’
      • ‘This chapter will look at the ethical minefield that is negotiating access to research subjects.’
      • ‘As well as that, they were by their choice of subject in an ethical minefield.’
      • ‘Lawyers have been retained on all sides in what may prove a legal minefield.’
      • ‘It has long been a minefield of a subject, with extravagant claims for its importance being a recurring feature.’

Pronunciation

minefield

/ˈmīnˌfēld/