Nearby words

  1. fie,
  2. fiedler,
  3. fiedler, arthur,
  4. fief,
  5. fiefdom,
  6. field ambulance,
  7. field army,
  8. field artillery,
  9. field battery,
  10. field bed


Origin of field

before 1000; Middle English, Old English feld; cognate with German Feld

Related formsmis·field, verbun·field·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for misfield



John . 1782–1837, Irish composer and pianist, lived in Russia from 1803: invented the nocturne



an open tract of uncultivated grassland; meadowRelated adjective: campestral
a piece of land cleared of trees and undergrowth, usually enclosed with a fence or hedge and used for pasture or growing cropsa field of barley
a limited or marked off area, usually of mown grass, on which any of various sports, athletic competitions, etc, are helda soccer field
an area that is rich in minerals or other natural resourcesa coalfield
the mounted followers that hunt with a pack of hounds
  1. all the runners in a particular race or competitors in a competition
  2. the runners in a race or competitors in a competition excluding the favourite
cricket the fielders collectively, esp with regard to their positions
a wide or open expansea field of snow
  1. an area of human activitythe field of human knowledge
  2. a sphere or division of knowledge, interest, etchis field is physics
  1. a place away from the laboratory, office, library, etc, usually out of doors, where practical work is done or original material or data collected
  2. (as modifier)a field course
the surface or background, as of a flag, coin, or heraldic shield, on which a design is displayed
Also called: field of view the area within which an object may be observed with a telescope, microscope, etc
  1. See field of force
  2. a region of space that is a vector field
  3. a region of space under the influence of some scalar quantity, such as temperature
maths a set of entities subject to two binary operations, addition and multiplication, such that the set is a commutative group under addition and the set, minus the zero, is a commutative group under multiplication and multiplication is distributive over addition
maths logic the set of elements that are either arguments or values of a function; the union of its domain and range
  1. a set of one or more characters comprising a unit of information
  2. a predetermined section of a record
television one of two or more sets of scanning lines which when interlaced form the complete picture
obsolete the open countrybeasts of the field
hold the field or keep the field to maintain one's position in the face of opposition
in the field
  1. militaryin an area in which operations are in progress
  2. actively or closely involved with or working on something (rather than being in a more remote or administrative position)
lead the field to be in the leading or most pre-eminent position
leave the field informal to back out of a competition, contest, etc
take the field to begin or carry on activity, esp in sport or military operations
play the field informal to disperse one's interests or attentions among a number of activities, people, or objects
(modifier) military of or relating to equipment, personnel, etc, specifically designed or trained for operations in the fielda field gun; a field army


(tr) sport to stop, catch, or return (the ball) as a fielder
(tr) sport to send (a player or team) onto the field to play
(intr) sport (of a player or team) to act or take turn as a fielder or fielders
(tr) military to put (an army, a unit, etc) in the field
(tr) to enter (a person) in a competitioneach party fielded a candidate
(tr) informal to deal with or handle, esp adequately and by making a reciprocal gestureto field a question

Word Origin for field

Old English feld; related to Old Saxon, Old High German feld, Old English fold earth, Greek platus broad

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Word Origin and History for misfield
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Science definitions for misfield



A distribution in a region of space of the strength and direction of a force, such as the electrostatic force near an electrically charged object, that would act on a body at any given point in that region. See also electric field magnetic field.
The region whose image is visible to the eye or accessible to an optical instrument.
A set of elements having two operations, designated addition and multiplication, satisfying the conditions that multiplication is distributive over addition, that the set is a group under addition, and that the elements with the exception of the additive identity (0) form a group under multiplication. The set of all rational numbers is a field.
  1. In a database, a space for a single item of information contained in a record.
  2. An interface element in a graphical user interface that accepts the input of text.
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Idioms and Phrases with misfield


In addition to the idiom beginning with field

  • field day

also see:

  • cover the field
  • far afield
  • out in left field
  • play the field
  • take the field
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