minefield

[mahyn-feeld]
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noun Military, Naval.

an area of land or water throughout which explosive mines have been laid.

Nearby words

  1. mine examiner,
  2. mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the lord,
  3. mine-sweeper,
  4. mineable,
  5. minecraft,
  6. minehunter,
  7. minelayer,
  8. mineola,
  9. miner,
  10. miner's anemia

Origin of minefield

First recorded in 1885–90; mine2 + field

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British Dictionary definitions for minefield

minefield

noun

an area of ground or water containing explosive mines
a subject, situation, etc, beset with hidden problems
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Word Origin and History for minefield

minefield

n.

1877, from mine (n.2) + field (n.). Figurative use by 1947.

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