battlefield vs field what difference

what is difference between battlefield and field


Alternative forms

  • battle-field


battle +‎ field


battlefield (plural battlefields)

  1. The area where a land battle is or was fought, which is not necessarily a field.
    • 1886 The night of the 16th of May found McPherson’s command bivouacked from two to six miles west of the battlefield, along the line of the road to Vicksburg — Ulysses S. Grant, Personal memoirs of U.S. Grant, Chapter 35.


  • field of battle
  • battleground


See also

  • battlespace



From Middle English feeld, feld, from Old English feld (field; open or cultivated land, plain; battlefield), from Proto-West Germanic *felþu, from Proto-Germanic *felþuz, *felþaz, *felþą (field), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *pleh₂- (field, plain) or *pleth₂- (flat) (with schwebeablaut).

Cognate with Scots feld, feild (field), North Frisian fjild (field), West Frisian fjild (field), Dutch veld (field), German Feld (field), Swedish fält (field). Related also to Old English folde (earth, land, territory), Old English folm (palm of the hand). More at fold.


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /fiːld/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /fild/
  • Rhymes: -iːld


field (plural fields)

  1. A land area free of woodland, cities, and towns; an area of open country.
    1. (usually in the plural) The open country near or belonging to a town or city.
  2. A wide, open space that is used to grow crops or to hold farm animals, usually enclosed by a fence, hedge or other barrier.
  3. (geology) A region containing a particular mineral.
  4. An airfield, airport or air base; especially, one with unpaved runways.
  5. A place where competitive matches are carried out.
    1. A place where a battle is fought; a battlefield.
    2. An area reserved for playing a game or race with one’s physical force.
      1. (baseball, obsolete) The team in a match that throws the ball and tries to catch it when it is hit by the other team (the bat).
      2. (baseball) The outfield.
    3. A place where competitive matches are carried out with figures, or playing area in a board game or a computer game.
    4. A competitive situation, circumstances in which one faces conflicting moves of rivals.
    5. (metonymically) All of the competitors in any outdoor contest or trial, or all except the favourites in the betting.
  6. Any of various figurative meanings, often dead metaphors.
    1. (physics) A physical phenomenon (such as force, potential or fluid velocity) that pervades a region; a mathematical model of such a phenomenon that associates each point and time with a scalar, vector or tensor quantity.
    2. Any of certain structures serving cognition.
      1. The extent of a given perception.
      2. A realm of practical, direct or natural operation, contrasted with an office, classroom, or laboratory.
      3. A domain of study, knowledge or practice.
      4. An unrestricted or favourable opportunity for action, operation, or achievement.
      5. (algebra) A commutative ring satisfying the field axioms.
    3. A physical or virtual location for the input of information in the form of symbols.
      1. (heraldry) The background of the shield.
      2. (vexillology) The background of the flag.
      3. The part of a coin left unoccupied by the main device.
      4. A section of a form which is supposed to be filled with data.
        • PHP 5 Forms Required Fields at W3Schools
          From the validation rules table on the previous page, we see that the “Name”, “E-mail”, and “Gender” fields are required. These fields cannot be empty and must be filled out in the HTML form.
      5. A component of a database in which a single unit of information is stored.
        1. (computing, object-oriented programming) An area of memory or storage reserved for a particular value, subject to virtual access controls.
    4. (electronics, film, animation) Part (usually one half) of a frame in an interlaced signal


  • (course of study or domain of knowledge): area, domain, sphere, realm
  • (area reserved for playing a game): course (for golf), court (for racquet sports), ground, pitch (for soccer, rugby, cricket)
  • (location for the input of information): input field, box


  • (algebra): Euclidean domain ⊂ principal ideal domain ⊂ unique factorization domain, Noetherian domain ⊂ integral domain ⊂ commutative ring;   simple ring ⊂ local ring


  • (algebra): ordered field, Pythagorean field, residue field, extension field

Derived terms


  • Japanese: フィールド (fīrudo)


Usage notes

In the mathematical sense, some languages, such as French, use a term that literally means “body”. This denotes a division ring or skew field, not necessarily commutative. If it is clear from context that the quaternions and similar division rings are irrelevant, or that all division rings being considered are finite and therefore fields, this difference is ignored.


field (third-person singular simple present fields, present participle fielding, simple past and past participle fielded)

  1. (transitive, sports) To intercept or catch (a ball) and play it.
  2. (intransitive, baseball, softball, cricket, and other batting sports) To be the team catching and throwing the ball, as opposed to hitting it.
    The blue team are fielding first, while the reds are batting.
  3. (transitive, sports) To place (a team, its players, etc.) in a game.
    The away team fielded two new players and the second-choice goalkeeper.
  4. (transitive) To answer; to address.
    She will field questions immediately after her presentation.
  5. (transitive) To defeat.
  6. (transitive) To execute research (in the field).
  7. (transitive, military) To deploy in the field.
    to field a new land-mine detector


  • (intercept or catch (a ball) and play it):
  • (place a team in (a game)):
  • (answer, address): address, answer, deal with, respond to


  • (be the team throwing and catching the ball): bat


See also

  • Field in the Encyclopædia Britannica (11th edition, 1911)

Further reading

  • Douglas Harper (2001–2021), “field”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.


  • Fidel, felid, filed, flied

Middle English



  1. Alternative form of feeld

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