- a piece of ground devoted to sports or contests; playing field.
- (in betting) all the contestants or numbers that are grouped together as one: to bet on the field in a horse race.
- (in football) the players on the playing ground.
- the area in which field events are held.
- the team in the field, as opposed to the one at bat.
- the outfield.
- the scene or area of active military operations.
- a battleground.
- a battle.
- Informal. an area located away from the headquarters of a commander.
- one or more related characters treated as a unit and constituting part of a record, for purposes of input, processing, output, or storage by a computer: If the hours-worked field is blank or zero, the program does not write a check for that employee.
- (in a punch card) any number of columns regularly used for recording the same information.
verb (used with object)
- to catch or pick up (the ball) in play: The shortstop fielded the grounder and threw to first for the out.
- to place (a player, group of players, or a team) in the field to play.
verb (used without object) Baseball, Cricket.
- of, taking place, or competed for on the field and not on the track, as the discus throw or shot put.
- of or relating to field events.
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Idioms for field
- in actual use or in a situation simulating actual use or application; away from a laboratory, workshop, or the like: The machine was tested for six months in the field.
- in contact with a prime source of basic data: The anthropologist is working in the field in Nigeria.
- within a given profession: The public knows little of him, but in the field he's known as a fine mathematician.
- to vary one's activities.
- to date a number of persons rather than only one: He wanted to play the field for a few years before settling down.
- to begin to play, as in football or baseball; go into action.
- to go into battle: They took the field at dawn.
Origin of field
OTHER WORDS FROM fieldmis·field, verbun·field·ed, adjective
Words nearby field
Definition for field (2 of 2)
Example sentences from the Web for field
“He has one of the most unabashedly pro-life records as anybody in the field,” said Mackowiak.How A Jeb Bush Candidacy Would Hurt Chris Christie And Shake Up The 2016 GOP Field|David Freedlander|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
How far would you be willing to go to remain a leader in your field?
But contemporary classical music has changed, and the field is now spawning many appealing and genre-bending works.
The quote appears on the bronze plaque the players touch before they take the field for home games.
Kim Novak runs away from James Stewart, across an expanse of field.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"I have picked some field tansies," she went on, with some animation.The Rendezvous|Ivan Turgenev
An Army man tackled me on their 25-yard line, after I had taken the ball down the field for nearly a touchdown.Football Days|William H. Edwards
Practically every field is treated as a separate farm in itself.The Danes in Lancashire and Yorkshire|S. W. Partington
He burst in upon her to declare his love, as if it were a question of firing the first shot on a field of battle.The Duchesse de Langeais|Honore de Balzac
The pride of the general had been deeply wounded by the rebuke he had received on the field of battle.
British Dictionary definitions for field (1 of 2)
- all the runners in a particular race or competitors in a competition
- the runners in a race or competitors in a competition excluding the favourite
- an area of human activitythe field of human knowledge
- a sphere or division of knowledge, interest, etchis field is physics
- a place away from the laboratory, office, library, etc, usually out of doors, where practical work is done or original material or data collected
- (as modifier)a field course
- See field of force
- a region of space that is a vector field
- a region of space under the influence of some scalar quantity, such as temperature
- a set of one or more characters comprising a unit of information
- a predetermined section of a record
- military in an area in which operations are in progress
- actively or closely involved with or working on something (rather than being in a more remote or administrative position)
Word Origin for field
British Dictionary definitions for field (2 of 2)
Scientific definitions for field
- In a database, a space for a single item of information contained in a record.
- An interface element in a graphical user interface that accepts the input of text.
Idioms and Phrases with field
In addition to the idiom beginning with field
- field day
- cover the field
- far afield
- out in left field
- play the field
- take the field