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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A temporary military fortification erected in the field.
  • noun Work done or firsthand observations made in the field as opposed to that done or observed in a controlled environment.
  • noun The collecting of sociological or anthropological data in the field.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In surv., physics, etc., work done, observations taken, or other operations, as triangulation, leveling, observing the stars for latitude, longitude, azimuth, etc., making geological observations, studying objects in their natural state, collecting specimens, etc., carried on in the field or upon the ground, even though indoors.
  • noun Milit., a temporary work thrown up by either besiegers or besieged, or by an army to strengthen a position.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Mil.) Any temporary fortification thrown up by an army in the field; -- commonly in the plural.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable work done, or observations made out in the real world rather than in controlled conditions
  • noun countable A temporary fortification built by troops

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

  • noun an investigation carried out in the field rather than in a laboratory or headquarters
  • noun a temporary fortification built by troops in the field

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