battle field

battlefield

[bat-l-feeld]
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] .


Origin:
1805–15; battle1 + field

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battlefield or battleground (ˈbætəlˌfiːld, ˈbætəlˌɡraʊnd)
 
n
the place where a battle is fought; an area of conflict
 
battleground or battleground
 
n

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battlefield
1812, from battle (n.) + field (n.). The usual word for it in O.E. was wælstow, lit. "slaughter-place."
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