Definition of minefield in US English:


(also mine field)


  • 1An area planted with explosive mines.

    • ‘The core elements of such groups can be tanks (infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers) as well as minefields and explosive obstacles.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘New symbols to show minefields, or areas targeted for artillery fire, will also be available.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Breaching minefields and other explosive obstacles that were widely used during the war posed a special difficulty.’
    • ‘Cat-unfriendly environments include active minefields, demilitarized zones, the bottom of the ocean, and hell.’
    • ‘Protection of areas and positions held by the troops is carried out (in keeping with the Geneva Convention) via installation of controlled minefields only.’
    • ‘All these rabbits lived in this space, because they could jump around the minefields without making the mines explode.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One of the fastest ways to breach a minefield is with explosives.’
    • ‘Other tasks included identifying and isolating minefields and unexploded ordnance that ringed the base.’
    • ‘A key role in this warfare is assigned to remote minelaying and remotely controlled minefields.’
    • ‘They can also dig fighting positions or keep enemies at bay by planting their own minefields.’
    • ‘Taiwan's military scattered more than 100,000 mines in 152 minefields on Kinmen and Matsu after the KMT fled to Taiwan in 1949.’
    • ‘The film starts with a high speed hovercraft chase through a minefield in the demilitarised zone separating North and South Korea.’
    • ‘Soldiers will examine the data to identify suspected mines and minefield locations.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They carry mental maps of minefields of undetectable mines.’
    • ‘The image of her walking through a cleared area of a minefield in Angola with a visor covering her face adorned every newspaper.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 A subject or situation presenting unseen hazards.
      ‘a minefield of technical regulations’
      • ‘They concede that this will be a legal and constitutional minefield.’
      • ‘The introduction of webcams for child care centres, potentially, opens a legal minefield.’
      • ‘The French ruling opens up a legal minefield, according to industry experts.’
      • ‘Taylor's view is that this is a legal minefield and he's right.’
      • ‘He points out that the explosion of Internet medical information is creating a legal minefield for doctors.’
      • ‘Anyway I digress, see what a minefield this subject is!’
      • ‘This chapter will look at the ethical minefield that is negotiating access to research subjects.’
      • ‘The most serious obstacle, however, is the political minefield that such a bus service presents.’
      • ‘As well as that, they were by their choice of subject in an ethical minefield.’
      • ‘It's a public forum to discuss whether the Internet has been transformed from some sort of anarchic dream into a legal minefield.’
      • ‘Many pieces pose questions, state conundrums, then negotiate the minefield therein.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 has long been a minefield of a subject, with extravagant claims for its importance being a recurring feature.’
      • ‘Lawyers have been retained on all sides in what may prove a legal minefield.’
      • ‘The fact is that employment law is now a legal minefield.’
      • ‘Naming is a potential minefield, with numerous pitfalls that can be surprisingly significant to a rose's future success.’
      • ‘This case highlights the legal and moral minefield surrounding neighbourhood disputes.’
      • ‘Many films have examined bigotry better than Far from Heaven, which asks for trouble by entering the double minefield of race and sexuality.’