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a level area, usually equipped with hard-surfaced runways, on which airplanes take off and land.
Contemporary Examples

An empty plot of land lay across the street that led to the airfield, where daily flights left for Sierra Leone and Guinea.
My Vanished Liberia Leymah Gbowee October 6, 2011

Safwan—an Iraqi airfield just over the border from Kuwait—would have to do.
The Sins of the First Gulf War Geoffrey Wawro January 21, 2011

The former minister says he knows the identity of the suicide bomber who hit the Jalalabad airfield today.
Afghanistan: The Friendship That Went Up in Flames Sami Yousafzai, Ron Moreau February 26, 2012

During her 2011 tour of Canada, a skimpy yellow frock flew skywards on a Calgary airfield.
Kate Middleton’s History of Flesh-Flashing Wardrobe Malfunctions Tom Sykes May 28, 2014

That it was far more manipulative and more clever to take Esterhase to an airfield and have him get on a plane.
‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’: Oscar Nominees Gary Oldman and Peter Straughan Lorenza Muñoz February 14, 2012

Historical Examples

So squadron after squadron took off from the airfield, on courses which had certain things in common.
Talents, Incorporated William Fitzgerald Jenkins

Jesperson greeted him at the airfield, and they rode home together.
Starman’s Quest Robert Silverberg

He asked all hands to assemble on the Enterprises airfield at six the next morning for the flight to Fearing.
Tom Swift and The Visitor from Planet X Victor Appleton

As it turned out, I was the only one from our squadron of 16 planes that made it back to our airfield.
The Biography of a Rabbit Roy Benson

We flew all the way back to England Just above the tree tops but never saw a train or airfield to shoot at.
The Biography of a Rabbit Roy Benson

a landing and taking-off area for aircraft, usually with permanent buildings


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