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[in-feeld] /ˈɪnˌfild/
  1. the diamond.
  2. the positions played by the first baseman, second baseman, third baseman, and shortstop, taken collectively.
  3. the infielders considered as a group (contrasted with outfield).
Track, Horse Racing. the area enclosed by a track.
  1. the part of the land of a farm nearest the farmhouse.
  2. land regularly tilled.
    Compare outfield (def 3).
Origin of infield
First recorded in 1600-10; in-1 + field Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • In the sixth, with one down, King beat out an infield hit, reaching the initial sack safely by an eyelash.

    Lefty Locke Pitcher-Manager Burt L. Standish
  • Higgins picked out an opening in the infield and drove a ball through it.

    Frank Merriwell's Son Burt L. Standish
  • There were many shifts among the out and infield staff, the manager trying different players in order to get the best results.

  • Shortstop was covering second, and the infield was playing close.

    Weatherby's Inning Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Phil Parker also rapped a ferocious screamer across the infield, but hit into a double that ended the hopeful rally at bat.

  • But what an infield it would be, with three-fourths of the players “unripened”!

    Lefty Locke Pitcher-Manager Burt L. Standish
  • That is about all I did do, but he was more wrought up than I and hit only a slow grounder to the infield.

    Pitching in a Pinch Christy Mathewson
British Dictionary definitions for infield


(cricket) the area of the field near the pitch Compare outfield
  1. the area of the playing field enclosed by the base lines and extending beyond them towards the outfield
  2. the positions of the first baseman, second baseman, shortstop, third baseman, and sometimes the pitcher, collectively Compare outfield
  1. the part of a farm nearest to the farm buildings
  2. land from which crops are regularly taken
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Word Origin and History for infield

1733, "the land of a farm which lies nearest the homestead," from in + field. Baseball diamond sense first attested 1867. Related: Infielder.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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