Definitions

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

  • n. See battlefield.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A location where a battle may be fought, or has been fought.
  • n. Figuratively, any subject of dispute or contention.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a region where a battle is fought; same as battlefield.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A. battle-field.

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

  • n. a region where a battle is being (or has been) fought

Etymologies

From battle + grounds. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The Globe is running a report every night, it appears, reporting on the Strategic Counsel's running poll of what they term battleground ridings.

    Progressive Bloggers

  • The poll was one of a dozen commissioned by the Capitol newspaper in battleground races, and it contained just the latest signs of trouble for Dahlkemper, a freshman buffeted by a poor political climate and her vote in favor of the health care overhaul.

    Kelly up 13 points in new poll

  • But right up to that moment, the main battleground was verbal and psychological.

    David Nichtern: 3 Levels of Tolerance and What They Mean for Bullying

  • Nor do I know what would have happened had Karl Rove not decided to push the gay marriage bans in battleground states, which he knew would turn out his base of evangelical voters.

    Matthew Yglesias » What Might Have Been

  • But, really, the smart political money in this race, you always want your base to show up, but the battleground is over the Independents in this race.

    Election Day Preview

  • Voters in battleground districts strongly favor legislation that would let congressional campaigns be funded by the public, according to a new survey released Tuesday by Lake Research Partners.

    Public Funding Of Congressional Campaigns Widely Favored

  • Yesterday was another busy one for statewide polling, including four new surveys in battleground states from the CNN/Time polling partnership, though the most intriguing new numbers come from Alaska, where two new polls show considerable support for the write-in candidacy of incumbent Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski.

    Alaska Polls: Murkowski Has Support But Will Voters Write Her In?

  • In key races, in battleground states that Obama won easily in 2008, he has been the point person for re-engaging the disaffected base, particularly in urban areas.

    Obama makes closing arguments before Election Day

  • The president also made phone calls to boost the morale of activists and party organizers in battleground states such as Florida, New Hampshire, New Mexico and his native Hawaii.

    Rhetoric Is Sharp to the End

  • With Republicans needing to gain two seats, the battleground is concentrated around fewer than a dozen seats, about half of which are held by Democrats.

    GOP Targets Senate Control

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