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battlefield

[bat-l-feeld] /ˈbæt lˌfild/
noun
1.
the field or ground on which a battle is fought.
2.
an area of contention, conflict, or hostile opposition:
During that era the classroom became a battlefield of incompatible ideologies.
Also called battleground
[bat-l-ground] /ˈbæt lˌgraʊnd/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of battlefield
1805-1815
First recorded in 1805-15; battle1 + field
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  • He that does not believe is like a battlefield, the scene of every disaster.

  • "He said that they were picked up on the battlefield of Colenso at first," the Baron declared.

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • There is an incongruity about death on the battlefield which assails the mind.

    Mountain Meditations L. Lind-af-Hageby
  • A wounded man is esteemed of little value on the battlefield.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • You'll live in them, revel in them, rejoice in them, they'll be your battlefield.

    The Christian Hall Caine
British Dictionary definitions for battlefield

battlefield

/ˈbætəlˌfiːld/
noun
1.
the place where a battle is fought; an area of conflict
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Word Origin and History for battlefield
n.

1812, from battle (n.) + field (n.). The usual word for it in Old English was wælstow, literally "slaughter-place."

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