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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any temporary fortification thrown up by an army in the field; -- commonly in the plural.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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.
  • n. Milit., a temporary work thrown up by either besiegers or besieged, or by an army to strengthen a position.

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

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


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