from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The area that can be reached by ammunition fired from a gun or a group of guns.

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  • n. The area that a projectile weapon (or group of weapons) can reach from a given position.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the area that a weapon or group of weapons can cover effectively with gun fire from a given position


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  • I got this clearing with a great field of fire and got down behind a big fat rubber tree and yelled out THE HELL WITH HO CHI MINH at the top of my lungs.


  • In the twin short towers that flanked the gate there were arrow-slits that could bring to bear a dual field of fire on any pursuers.

    Brother Cadfael's Penance

  • In Oberfeldwebel Bix's field of fire were eleven destroyed T-34s and KV-Is.

    Panzer Aces

  • The Russians would never fire at tanks alone, but let them pass through into the field of fire of anti-tank guns and dug-in T 34's which were held farther back; so it was always necessary for the Germans to send infantry in first to draw the defender's fire.


  • "Surely", remarked Goodhart to Cummings, as they surveyed a perfect field of fire stretching some 3500 metres to their front, "they can't honestly try coming over that!

    First Clash

  • The ground was kept clear to provide a clear field of fire should the keep’s inhabitants find themselves under attack.

    Memory of Fire

  • Kluge and Bock; creator of the Valkyrie plan for a Putsch against Hitler; walked into the Russian field of fire after the failure of the plot in 1944.


  • Master Corporal Gene Pétrie with November Company, had found this difficult amid the confines of the orchard behind Favorite, his essential requirement for a clear field of fire reaching to maximum range to the left across the frontal boundary of Blickheim, being inhibited by trees; and the insistence of Lieutenant Eddie Leach that, wherever he put himself, he must not advertise the infantry position by the TOW's distinctive, launching signature.

    First Clash


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