the field or ground on which a battle is fought.
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] .

1805–15; battle1 + field Unabridged
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battlefield or battleground (ˈbætəlˌfiːld, ˈbætəlˌɡraʊnd)
the place where a battle is fought; an area of conflict
battleground or battleground

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Word Origin & History

1812, from battle (n.) + field (n.). The usual word for it in O.E. was wælstow, lit. "slaughter-place."
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Example sentences
Some had served in the military and finagled paperwork that bumped them up
  several ranks and turned them into battlefield legends.
One country's military has already come close to employing this tactic on the
  battlefield: our own.
As military technology becomes more and more advanced, there is less room for
  valor on the battlefield.
The body becomes the locus of never-ending fights, a carnal battlefield.
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