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