: a set of mathematical elements that is subject to two binary operations the second of which is distributive (see distributivesense 3) relative to the first and that constitutes a commutative (see commutativesense 2) group under the first operation and also under the second if the zero or unit element under the first is omitted
: a complex of forces that serve as causative agents in human behavior
: a series of drain tiles and an absorption area for septic-tank outflow
: a particular area (as of a record in a database) in which the same type of information is regularly recorded
He gazed out across the fields.
She hopes to find work in the health field.
She is a pioneer in the field of genetic research.
a lawyer who is eminent in his field
working in his chosen field
a fascinating field of endeavor Verb
The shortstop fielded the ground ball.
a shortstop who fields his position flawlessly
Last week she fielded two offers on her house.
His secretary will field requests for more information.
The senator fielded the reporters' questions.
They expect to field a strong team this year.
the greatest fighting force that any nation has ever fieldedSee More
Recent Examples on the Web
The airline is expanding its lounge space at the Mile High City lounge hub by more than 100,000 square feet — the size of two football fields — among other infrastructure improvements set to be complete by 2025.—Chris Dong, Travel + Leisure, 12 Sep. 2023 As festival fields clear out and nights draw in, the fall tour calendar is keeping the party rolling.—Madison Bloom, Pitchfork, 12 Sep. 2023 However, his debut came to crashing end four plays into the game when Bills defensive end Leonard Floyd sacked Rodgers, who was taken into the team tent and later carted off the field.—Christopher Brito, CBS News, 12 Sep. 2023 The preliminary election this week will whittle the field down to two candidates in Districts 3, 5, 6, and 7, setting the field for November’s general election and offering an early indication as to how the body’s ideological bent may change next year.—Emma Platoff, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Sep. 2023 Ekeler suffered an ankle injury and was not on the field for the Chargers’ final series.—Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, 12 Sep. 2023 Firefighters diverted the flow from a nearby river and into fields, the publication reported.—Dennis Romero, NBC News, 12 Sep. 2023 On Monday, the royal attended the track and field finals and spent time with Wali Noori of Team U.K., who was blinded by a Taliban bomb in 2009.—Cara Lynn Shultz, Peoplemag, 12 Sep. 2023 Replacing natural gas The sweeping rows of panels at the Houston farm cover an area the size of 34 football fields, Miller said.—Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, 31 Aug. 2023
Irving jumped to an early lead in the third minute as a sharp cross-field pass from the right side by Milton Lopez intended for Centeno was knocked in by an Allen defender for an own goal.—Shawn McFarland, Dallas News, 31 Mar. 2023 Fullerton put Allen ahead in the fifth minute, chipping in a goal off a precise cross-field pass from the right side by Sam Sheffield.—Shawn McFarland, Dallas News, 24 Mar. 2023 Concertgoers with suite tickets can enter through any of the non-field ticket gates.—George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Nov. 2022 Hiring a non-field coach with a six-figure salary shows investment by Harsin and athletic director Allen Greene.—Nubyjas Wilborn | Nwilborn@al.com, al, 20 July 2022 There is multi-field space available for soccer and flag football.—Joseph Goodman, al, 17 June 2022
The Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays each fielded full lineups Wednesday that will be paid less this year than several players on the New York Yankees.—Hayes Gardner, Baltimore Sun, 14 Sep. 2023 Between October, 2021, and September, 2022, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights fielded eight hundred and ninety-nine allegations of racial bullying in schools, double the number of allegations from the year before.—James Ross Gardner, The New Yorker, 13 Sep. 2023 Prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills, Rodgers ran out to field with an American flag before a roaring home crowd at MetLife Stadium as the nation commemorated 9/11 victims and first responders.—Christopher Brito, CBS News, 12 Sep. 2023 Because of low turnout, Bourne is no longer fielding a team, opting for a co-op with host Wareham.
Games to watch
Wednesday, Newburyport at Ipswich, 4 p.m. — The No. 9 Clippers look unstoppable, but face off against Cape Ann League foe Ipswich, who made it to last fall’s Division 4 title game.—Julia Yohe, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Sep. 2023 After New York’s defense held off the Bills on their first post-regulation drive, Gipson fielded a punt at his team’s 35-yard line.—Sportsday Staff, Dallas News, 12 Sep. 2023 With the popular quarterback’s switch from the Green Bay Packers, the Jets are expected to field their strongest team in years.—Meg James, Los Angeles Times, 11 Sep. 2023 The senior transfer from Nebraska left the field on a cart strapped to a backboard, returned to the game and fielded a kickoff late in the second quarter, then was ruled out by the team’s medical staff at halftime.—Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 9 Sep. 2023 Without Trump at the debate, Ramaswamy fielded plenty of attacks from rivals who sought to blunt his rising momentum.—Mabinty Quarshie, Washington Examiner, 7 Sep. 2023 See More
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Noun, Adjective, and Verb
Middle English, from Old English feld; akin to Old High German feld field, Old English flōr floor — more at floor
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above