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[feeld-wurk] /ˈfildˌwɜrk/
Also, field work. work done in the field, as research, exploration, surveying, or interviewing:
archaeological fieldwork.
Fortification. a temporary fortification constructed in the field.
Origin of fieldwork
First recorded in 1735-45; field + work
Related forms
fieldworker, field-worker, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Think I would be any good as a substitute when it comes to field work?

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • For field work men get 70 cents per day, women 55 to 60 cents.

    The Negro Farmer Carl Kelsey
  • field work is from sun to sun with two hours or so rest at noon.

    The Negro Farmer Carl Kelsey
  • It was not required of a woman with a large family to do field work.

    Plantation Sketches Margaret Devereux
  • field work is an essential part of any course of geologic training.

  • It is assumed that field work will be introduced with the commencement of the study.

    The Elements of Geology William Harmon Norton
  • His field work covered about five years prior to joining us.

    Thirty Years on the Frontier Robert McReynolds
  • But his field work, as a whole, was of the highest standard.

    James Geikie Marion I. Newbigin
British Dictionary definitions for field work

field work

an investigation or search for material, data, etc, made in the field as opposed to the classroom, laboratory, or official headquarters
Derived Forms
field worker, noun


(military) a temporary structure used in defending or fortifying a place or position
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