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[feeld] /fild/
Cyrus West, 1819–92, U.S. financier: projector of the first Atlantic cable.
David Dudley, Jr. 1805–94, U.S. jurist (brother of Cyrus West and Stephen Johnson Field).
Erastus Salisbury, 1805–1900, U.S. painter.
Eugene, 1850–95, U.S. poet and journalist.
John, 1782–1837, Irish pianist and composer.
Marshall, 1834–1906, U.S. merchant and philanthropist.
Stephen Johnson, 1816–99, U.S. jurist: associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court 1863–97 (brother of Cyrus West and David Dudley Field). Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for cyrus field
Historical Examples
  • And of the American pioneers of the work, there is none who has labored so indefatigably as Mr. cyrus field.

    Cyrus W. Field; his Life and Work Isabella Field Judson
  • But while all seemed ready to give up, cyrus field seemed to be everywhere.

    Hidden Treasures Harry A. Lewis
  • Through an accidental conversation at the hotel in which he was staying, he obtained an interview with Mr. cyrus field.

    The Atlantic Telegraph William Howard Russell
  • It is remembered of cyrus field as a child that his dealings with his playmates were most exact.

    Cyrus W. Field; his Life and Work Isabella Field Judson
  • When cyrus field laid the Atlantic cable, it was a work of the spiritual rather than of the physical world.

    The Life Radiant Lilian Whiting
  • Mr. cyrus field, for his part, returned the good-will shown him with fulness.

    Cyrus W. Field; his Life and Work Isabella Field Judson
  • There he met with cyrus field, who took the matter up with tremendous enthusiasm.

    The Battery and the Boiler R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for cyrus field


John. 1782–1837, Irish composer and pianist, lived in Russia from 1803: invented the nocturne


an open tract of uncultivated grassland; meadow related adjective campestral
a piece of land cleared of trees and undergrowth, usually enclosed with a fence or hedge and used for pasture or growing crops: a field of barley
a limited or marked off area, usually of mown grass, on which any of various sports, athletic competitions, etc, are held: a soccer field
an area that is rich in minerals or other natural resources: a coalfield
short for battlefield, airfield
the mounted followers that hunt with a pack of hounds
  1. all the runners in a particular race or competitors in a competition
  2. the runners in a race or competitors in a competition excluding the favourite
(cricket) the fielders collectively, esp with regard to their positions
a wide or open expanse: a field of snow
  1. an area of human activity: the field of human knowledge
  2. a sphere or division of knowledge, interest, etc: his field is physics
  1. a place away from the laboratory, office, library, etc, usually out of doors, where practical work is done or original material or data collected
  2. (as modifier): a field course
the surface or background, as of a flag, coin, or heraldic shield, on which a design is displayed
Also called field of view. the area within which an object may be observed with a telescope, microscope, etc
  1. See field of force
  2. a region of space that is a vector field
  3. a region of space under the influence of some scalar quantity, such as temperature
(maths) a set of entities subject to two binary operations, addition and multiplication, such that the set is a commutative group under addition and the set, minus the zero, is a commutative group under multiplication and multiplication is distributive over addition
(maths, logic) the set of elements that are either arguments or values of a function; the union of its domain and range
  1. a set of one or more characters comprising a unit of information
  2. a predetermined section of a record
(television) one of two or more sets of scanning lines which when interlaced form the complete picture
(obsolete) the open country: beasts of the field
hold the field, keep the field, to maintain one's position in the face of opposition
in the field
  1. (military) in an area in which operations are in progress
  2. actively or closely involved with or working on something (rather than being in a more remote or administrative position)
lead the field, to be in the leading or most pre-eminent position
(informal) leave the field, to back out of a competition, contest, etc
take the field, to begin or carry on activity, esp in sport or military operations
(informal) play the field, to disperse one's interests or attentions among a number of activities, people, or objects
(modifier) (military) of or relating to equipment, personnel, etc, specifically designed or trained for operations in the field: a field gun, a field army
(transitive) (sport) to stop, catch, or return (the ball) as a fielder
(transitive) (sport) to send (a player or team) onto the field to play
(intransitive) (sport) (of a player or team) to act or take turn as a fielder or fielders
(transitive) (military) to put (an army, a unit, etc) in the field
(transitive) to enter (a person) in a competition: each party fielded a candidate
(transitive) (informal) to deal with or handle, esp adequately and by making a reciprocal gesture: to field a question
Word Origin
Old English feld; related to Old Saxon, Old High German feld, Old English fold earth, Greek platus broad
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Word Origin and History for cyrus field



"to go out to fight," 16c., from field (n.) in the specific sense of "battlefield" (Old English). The meaning "to stop and return the ball" is first recorded 1823, originally in cricket; figurative sense is from 1902. Related: Fielded; fielding.



Old English feld "plain, open land" (as opposed to woodland), also "a parcel of land marked off and used for pasture or tillage," probably related to Old English folde "earth, land," from Proto-Germanic *felthuz "flat land" (common West Germanic, cf. Old Saxon and Old Frisian feld "field," Old Saxon folda "earth," Middle Dutch velt, Dutch veld Old High German felt, German Feld "field," but not found outside it; Swedish fält, Danish felt are borrowed from German), from PIE *pel(e)-tu-, from root *pele- (2) "flat, to spread" (see plane (n.1)).

Finnish pelto "field" is believed to have been adapted from Proto-Germanic. The English spelling with -ie- probably is the work of Anglo-French scribes (cf. brief, piece). Collective use for "all engaged in a sport" (or, in horseracing, all but the favorite) is 1742; play the field "avoid commitment" (1936) is from notion of gamblers betting on other horses than the favorite. Field glasses attested by 1836.


"to go out to fight," 16c., from field (n.) in the specific sense of "battlefield" (Old English). The meaning "to stop and return the ball" is first recorded 1823, originally in cricket; figurative sense is from 1902. Related: Fielded; fielding.

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cyrus field in Science
  1. A distribution in a region of space of the strength and direction of a force, such as the electrostatic force near an electrically charged object, that would act on a body at any given point in that region. See also electric field, magnetic field.

  2. The region whose image is visible to the eye or accessible to an optical instrument.

  3. A set of elements having two operations, designated addition and multiplication, satisfying the conditions that multiplication is distributive over addition, that the set is a group under addition, and that the elements with the exception of the additive identity (0) form a group under multiplication. The set of all rational numbers is a field.

    1. In a database, a space for a single item of information contained in a record.

    2. An interface element in a graphical user interface that accepts the input of text.

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Slang definitions & phrases for cyrus field



To handle; receive and answer; cope with: The secretary fielded the questions rather lamely (1902+)

Related Terms

out in left field, play the field

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Idioms and Phrases with cyrus field


In addition to the idiom beginning with
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