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1. An area where a battle is fought.
2. A sphere of contention. In both senses also called battleground.


(ˈbætəlˌfiːld) or


(Military) the place where a battle is fought; an area of conflict


(ˈbæt lˌfild)

1. the field or ground on which a battle is fought.
2. an area of contention, conflict, or hostile opposition.
Also called bat•tle•ground (ˈbæt lˌgraʊnd)
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.battlefield - a region where a battle is being (or has been) foughtbattlefield - a region where a battle is being (or has been) fought; "they made a tour of Civil War battlefields"
battlefront, front line, front - the line along which opposing armies face each other
sector - a portion of a military position


noun battleground, front, field, war zone, combat zone, field of battle the battlefields of the Somme
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[ˈbætlfiːld] N battleground [ˈbætlgraʊnd] Ncampo m de batalla


[ˈbætəlfiːld] n
(= place) → champ m de bataille
on the battlefield → sur le champ de bataille
(= controversial issue) → champ m de bataille
a political battlefield → un champ de bataille politique


[ˈbætlˌfiːld] battleground [ˈbætlˌgraʊnd] ncampo di battaglia


(ˈbӕtl) noun
a fight between opposing armies or individuals. the last battle of the war.
to fight.
ˈbattlefield noun
the place where a battle is, or was, fought. dead bodies covered the battlefield.
ˈbattleship noun
a heavily armed and armoured warship.
References in classic literature ?
But the Prince, who was sorry for the poor bird, seized the branch of a tree and hit out at the ravens with it; terrified at this unexpected onslaught they flew away, leaving many of their number dead or wounded on the battlefield.
No doubt, if a King Richard III were worsted on a modern battlefield, his instinctive cry would be, "My Kingdom for a telephone
The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.
After this the history goes on to say that the day fixed for the battle arrived, and that the duke, after having repeatedly instructed his lacquey Tosilos how to deal with Don Quixote so as to vanquish him without killing or wounding him, gave orders to have the heads removed from the lances, telling Don Quixote that Christian charity, on which he plumed himself, could not suffer the battle to be fought with so much risk and danger to life; and that he must be content with the offer of a battlefield on his territory (though that was against the decree of the holy Council, which prohibits all challenges of the sort) and not push such an arduous venture to its extreme limits.
The Mediterranean, the blue sea par excellence, "the great sea" of the Hebrews, "the sea" of the Greeks, the "mare nostrum" of the Romans, bordered by orange-trees, aloes, cacti, and sea-pines; embalmed with the perfume of the myrtle, surrounded by rude mountains, saturated with pure and transparent air, but incessantly worked by underground fires; a perfect battlefield in which Neptune and Pluto still dispute the empire of the world!
The ground was covered by groups of the Indians, motionless in their drunken sleep; it seemed a battlefield strewn with the dead.
The youth turned, with sudden, livid rage, toward the battlefield.
Whatever he may be called in history, he was known in camps and on the battlefield under the nickname of Old Blood-and-Thunder.
They looked him earnestly in the face, waiting for his next order, and evidently desiring no other employment than to follow him from one battlefield to another, all over the wide world.
Courageous under adversity, brave on a battlefield, he trembled at the thought of entering Piombo's salon.
Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, given November 19, 1863 on the battlefield near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA
The striking victory over a menacing combination of Turks and Arabs in the north, won by troops under the command of Lord Hastings, the veteran of so many striking victories, was already spread by the newspapers all over the Empire, let alone to this small garrison so near to the battlefield.

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