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open field

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noun Football.
  1. any area of the playing field away from the heavily trafficked line of scrimmage, in which the defense is widely scattered.
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Also called broken field.
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Historical Examples

  • Upon what other system can it have been grown than the open-field system?

    The English Village Community

    Frederic Seebohm

  • One is the use of especially-built houses, and the other is the open-field plan.

  • In fact, the two land systems, though both using an open-field husbandry, were in their main features radically distinct.

  • The open-field system was hardly first introduced by the Saxons, because we find it also in Wales and Scotland.

  • It gives us further a clear landmark as regards the use by the Germans of the open-field system of ploughing.

British Dictionary definitions for open-field


  1. (prenominal) medieval history of or denoting the system in which an arable area was divided into unenclosed strips, esp cultivated by different tenants
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