- 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.
- 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
Related formsmis·field, verbun·field·ed, adjective
Examples from the Web for fielded
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.
When I fielded telephone calls, my attempts to rationally discuss the subject were complete failures.
The second-baseman darted over, fielded the ball cleanly, and threw Prince out.The Young Pitcher|Zane Grey
It was a clean hit, but Mitchell ran in on it and fielded so smartly that Denton was held at second.Baseball Joe, Home Run King|Lester Chadwick
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
Scaife fielded brilliantly, and John, watching him, said to himself that at such times the Demon was irresistible.The Hill|Horace Annesley Vachell
Then he fielded it to second and trotted back; and as he went he heard the applause, loud and hearty, from the stands.The Arrival of Jimpson|Ralph Henry Barbour
British Dictionary definitions for fielded (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for fielded (2 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
Science definitions for fielded
- 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 fielded
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