battlefield

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battle +‎ field

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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.
    • 1939 September, John D. Hewitt, “The Kington Branch of the G.W.R.”, in Railway Magazine, page 191:
      Though in the past it saw much of the unhappiness and strife of Border warfare—the great battlefields of Pilleth and Mortimer's Cross are nearby—it is now a quiet and happy place.

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