Idioms

Origin of field

before 1000; Middle English, Old English feld; cognate with German Feld
Related formsmis·field, verbun·field·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for take the field (1 of 2)

Field

/ (fiːld) /

noun

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

British Dictionary definitions for take the field (2 of 2)

field

/ (fiːld) /

noun

verb

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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Science definitions for take the field

field

[ fēld ]

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 take the field (1 of 2)

take the field


Enter a competition, as in The country's best spellers took the field in the national spelling bee. This term originated around 1600 when it meant “to open a military campaign.” The field here is the field of battle. The term has been used figuratively almost as long, the first recorded use being in 1614.

Idioms and Phrases with take the field (2 of 2)

field


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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