1. Baseball.
    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).
  2. Track, Horse Racing. the area enclosed by a track.
  3. Agriculture.
    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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for infield

Contemporary Examples of infield

  • He fouls off two pitches then drives one to the grass just past the infield.

  • Bob—a pal—is 73 now, with a pair of hearing aids and a strip of infield grass stubbornly clinging to the sides of his head.

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    On the Peninsula

    Bryan Curtis

    April 25, 2011

  • He also wrote and directed two Wonderful World of Disney movies, Principal Takes a Holiday and Angels in the Infield .

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    TV's Scorned Political Wife

    Robert King

    July 13, 2010

Historical Examples of infield

  • Higgins picked out an opening in the infield and drove a ball through it.

    Frank Merriwell's Son

    Burt L. Standish

  • Fred dropped a Texas Leaguer over the infield, and Sparkfair scored.

    Frank Merriwell's Son

    Burt L. Standish

  • Man after man he fanned or made him hit feeble grounders to the infield.

  • The shadow of the western stand had lengthened across the infield.

    Weatherby's Inning

    Ralph Henry Barbour

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

    Weatherby's Inning

    Ralph Henry Barbour

British Dictionary definitions for infield


  1. cricket the area of the field near the pitchCompare outfield
  2. baseball
    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, collectivelyCompare outfield
  3. agriculture
    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