[ 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

field·work·er, field-work·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for field work (1 of 2)

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

British Dictionary definitions for field work (2 of 2)


/ (ˈfiːldˌwɜːk) /


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