fieldwork

[feeld-wurk]
noun
1.
Also, field work. work done in the field, as research, exploration, surveying, or interviewing: archaeological fieldwork.
2.
Fortification. a temporary fortification constructed in the field.

Origin:
1735–45; field + work

fieldworker, field-worker, noun
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fieldwork (ˈfiːldˌwɜːk)
 
n
military a temporary structure used in defending or fortifying a place or position

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Example sentences
Attempts to foresee epidemics such as these have traditionally relied on
  fieldwork on the ground.
The process of linguistic fieldwork is a painstaking one, fraught with pitfalls.
They must also complete many hours of fieldwork under supervision.
Not ideal conditions, but good enough, particularly since this was our last day
  of fieldwork that season.
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