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

  • n. A field for games such as football and soccer.
  • n. The conditions or circumstances in which competition takes place: a level playing field for all candidates.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A field on which a game, esp. a ball game, is played.
  • n. Any place or context within which competitive activity takes place, such as market competition between companies.

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

  • n. the circumstances under which competition occurs
  • n. a piece of land prepared for playing a game


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  • From the dance, Joe cut across the playing field and behind the beauty shop to an area of low, rounded Quonset huts, so-called "Pacific hutments" designed to be thrown up on tropical islands, not New Mexico in the winter.

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  • • Air-conditioned concession stands, restrooms and ticket booths at each quadrant of the playing field so spectators can continue to watch the game while grabbing a hot dog or using the restroom;

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  • Instead, it was the hand of industry lobbyists tilting the playing field in Washington, an accounting industry that had developed powerful conflicts of interest, and a financial sector that fueled over-investment.

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  • Next to the huts was a dirt playing field with a pair of netless basketball hoops mounted on standards.

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  • Michael Krepon wrote in the May-June 2001 issue of Foreign Affairs that “asymmetrical warfare allows a weaker opponent to level the playing field by unorthodox means.”

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  • We were moving on to the far more complex playing field of Elkins Park Middle, the confluence of four different elementary schools, buses, locker combinations, changing classes, algebra, foreign languages.

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