- 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
Definition for field (2 of 2)
Example sentences from the Web for field
Recreational sports are allowed with a limit of 25 spectators per field.Virginia’s coronavirus numbers are rising. Here’s what you need to know.|Antonio Olivo|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
Slowly, Wright checked off goals, becoming more consistent on the field and in his positive mind-set.For undrafted NFL rookies, the odds were even longer this year. Isaiah Wright made it anyway.|Sam Fortier|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
YouTube is a mass-reality-distortion field for people of all stripes.
Metcalf drew a 46-yard pass interference penalty on Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson to set up the field goal.Kyler Murray runs out of miracles as Seahawks hang on to take over first place in NFC West|Mark Maske|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
The Washington Football Team has had to get creative to fill one of the most important positions on the field.Washington is now down to its fourth option at left tackle: Right tackle Morgan Moses|Nicki Jhabvala|November 19, 2020|Washington Post
Superintendent Smith, in fact, had fielded a steady stream of complaints about him that never resulted in any direct action.
But the board— like General David Twiggs in Tampa, who fielded a similar request—would have nothing to do with it.
In 1957 the U.S. Army first fielded artillery able to fire shells with atomic warheads.
The Turks fielded the oldest equipment on view – F-4 Phantoms of the Vietnam War era.
Teams are commonly sponsored by corporations, and even fielded by financial firms.
The next ball he hit on the upper side, and it went for a harmless hopper to Barrett, who fielded him out at first.Baseball Joe, Captain of the Team|Lester Chadwick
Foster bowled magnificently, Bradford managed to keep a length; the whole side fielded splendidly.The Loom of Youth|Alec Waugh
Many of these bunts can be fielded either by the pitcher or, if they drop dead in front of the home-plate, by the catcher.
Rick fielded a can of tomatoes Scotty tossed at him and put it on the canned-goods shelf.The Blue Ghost Mystery|Harold Leland Goodwin
Pickering got first on balls, but died there on a well-fielded fly of Warners.The Arrival of Jimpson|Ralph Henry Barbour
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