- An airfield:
- (law, Australia, Canada, term of art) Any area of land or water used for aircraft operation, regardless of facilities.
- An airfield used for managed aircraft operation, either military or civilian, having such facilities as are necessary for operation.
- (UK) An airfield equipped with air traffic control facilities and hangars as well as accommodation for passengers and cargo; an airport.
- 1911 October, The Progress of Science: Langley Memoir on Mechanical Flight, Popular Science,
- An aerodrome, chiefly of steel, weighing, apart from fuel and water, about twenty-four pounds, was launched on the Potomac River on May 6, 1896, and flew for over half a mile.
- 1914 December, Popular Mechanics, page 811,
- This was apparently due to the weakness of the old Manley motor with which the aerodrome was originally equipped and which was capable of developing only 52 horsepower.
- 1918, Automotive Industries, Volume 39, page 718,
- During the years 1892 and 1893 four steam-propelled aerodromes were constructed.
From aero-, by analogy with hippodrome (“horse racecourse”), from Ancient Greek.