field

noun
\ ˈfēld How to pronounce field (audio) \

Definition of field

 (Entry 1 of 6)

1a(1) : an open land area free of woods and buildings
(2) : an area of land marked by the presence of particular objects or features dune fields
b(1) : an area of cleared enclosed land used for cultivation or pasture a field of wheat
(2) : land containing a natural resource oil fields
(3) : airfield
c : the place where a battle is fought also : battle
d : a large unbroken expanse (as of ice)
2a : an area or division of an activity, subject, or profession the field of microbiology
b : the sphere of practical operation outside a base (such as a laboratory, office, or factory) geologists working in the field
c : an area for military exercises or maneuvers
d(1) : an area constructed, equipped, or marked for sports a football field
(2) : the portion of an indoor or outdoor sports area enclosed by the running track and on which field events are conducted
(3) : any of the three sections of a baseball outfield hits to all fields
3 : a space on which something is drawn or projected: such as
a : the space on the surface of a coin, medal, or seal that does not contain the design
b : the ground of each division in a flag
c : the whole surface of an escutcheon (see escutcheon sense 1)
4 : the individuals that make up all or part of the participants in a contest The election attracted a large field of candidates. especially : all participants with the exception of the favorite or the winner in a contest where more than two are entered
5 : the area visible through the lens of an optical instrument
6a : a region or space in which a given effect (such as magnetism) exists a magnetic field a gravitational field
b : a region of embryonic tissue capable of a particular type of differentiation (see differentiation sense 3) a morphogenetic field
7 : a set of mathematical elements that is subject to two binary operations the second of which is distributive (see distributive sense 3) relative to the first and that constitutes a commutative (see commutative sense 2) group under the first operation and also under the second if the zero or unit element under the first is omitted
8 : a complex of forces that serve as causative agents in human behavior
9 : a series of drain tiles and an absorption area for septic-tank outflow
10 : a particular area (as of a record in a database) in which the same type of information is regularly recorded
from the field
: in field goals as opposed to free throws made 40 percent of his shots from the field

field

adjective

Definition of field (Entry 2 of 6)

: of or relating to a field: such as
a : growing in or inhabiting the fields or open country
b : made, conducted, or used in the field
c : operating or active in the field

field

verb
fielded; fielding; fields

Definition of field (Entry 3 of 6)

transitive verb

1a : to catch or pick up (something, such as a batted ball) and usually throw to a teammate Practice fielding ground balls as much as you can. Work on keeping the ball in front of you.— Michael Goldman
b : to take care of or respond to (something, such as a telephone call or a request) She has been fielding offers from potential buyers.
c : to give an impromptu answer or solution to the senator fielded the reporters' questions
2 : to put into the field field an army field a team also : to enter in competition

intransitive verb

: to play as a defensive player stationed in the field

Field

biographical name (1)
\ ˈfēld How to pronounce Field (audio) \

Definition of Field (Entry 4 of 6)

Cyrus West 1819–1892 American financier

Field

biographical name (2)

Definition of Field (Entry 5 of 6)

Eugene 1850–1895 American poet and journalist

Field

biographical name (3)

Definition of Field (Entry 6 of 6)

Marshall 1834–1906 American merchant

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Examples of field in a Sentence

Noun

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 fielded
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Cowboys fans start moaning whenever Dallas takes the field in blue jerseys, expecting a loss. Teresa M. Walker, chicagotribune.com, "NFL at 100: The evolution of uniforms, from bees to Color Rush," 7 June 2019 The Tiger girls won the 4x400 relay in the 1A track and field state championship with a time of 4:08.27. Melanie Laughman, Cincinnati.com, "The Enquirer Greater Cincinnati high school athlete of the week winners, June 7," 7 June 2019 With permission and encouragement from the Pentagon, Newman's company produced several hundred combat badges from each unit, all of which spilled blood on the beaches and fields of Normandy 75 years ago. Fox News, "D-Day combat patches reproduced by California company honoring US soldiers," 7 June 2019 With her eye on an unprecedented three-peat in the women’s steeplechase, Alaska’s Allie Ostrander cleared her first hurdle — check that, her first hurdles — Thursday at the NCAA Division I national track and field championships in Austin, Texas. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Allie Ostrander clears first hurdles on quest for NCAA three-peat in the steeplechase," 7 June 2019 There, doctors, nurses, electricians – employees of all fields – serve as mentors for youth, who then spend their senior year working internships within the hospital. Leila Atassi, cleveland.com, "MetroHealth CEO Dr. Akram Boutros calls citizens to join Open Table, support programs to reverse effects of trauma and structural racism on public health," 7 June 2019 Jocelyn Ocon threw the shotput and discus as a track and field athlete at Yorkville High School. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora facility looks to get young people interested in hammer throw," 7 June 2019 Their version used information gathered from interviews and field work and was crafted from paper and packing tape. Laura Pappano, New York Times, "From Albania to Singapore, U.S. Students Look for Tailored Experiences Abroad," 7 June 2019 Hidden Device Detection can pick up any magnetic fields emitted by electronic devices using an electromagnetic field detector. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Hidden cameras: How to find them in a bathroom, bedroom," 7 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In the fifth inning, Roark fielded a slow ground ball in front of the mound and tried to hurry a throw to first base to toss out Bryce Harper. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Phillies' Nick Pivetta pitches a complete game as Cincinnati Reds lose 3rd in a row," 8 June 2019 The city fielded 172 requests there in just a year and a half. Doug Smith, latimes.com, "L.A. is swamped with 311 complaints over homeless camps. But are the cleanups pointless?," 7 June 2019 Kerr fielded a question about Russell, who grew up in Oakland and attended USF, in his news conference Wednesday before Game 3 of the NBA Finals. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors’ Steve Kerr on Bill Russell: ‘He’s on the Mount Rushmore’," 5 June 2019 During the makeup tutorial, Christina fielded questions about her new husband. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Here's Your First Look at Christina El Moussa's Wedding Ring," 2 Jan. 2019 Although Carter was the Bulls' highest draft selection at seventh overall, Hutchison fielded the first three questions at Monday's press conference. Rachel Roberts, idahostatesman, "Chicago Bulls high on Hutchison and his college coach," 25 June 2018 After an intentional walk to Nick Markakis, Cimber fielded a grounder by Flowers on the left side of the field but bobbled it and then rushed the throw, skipping it past Hosmer and allowing Freeman to score. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres have themselves, umpire to blame for loss to Braves," 14 June 2018 For example, the Italy and France jersey can be seen at the Sherman Park fields every Sunday. Alejandro Yanun, chicagotribune.com, "'5 de Mayo' league going for their World Cup," 13 June 2018 The program fields teams in Amateur Athletic Union events and is sponsored by Adidas. Steve Helling, PEOPLE.com, "Prominent Iowa Boys Basketball Coach Accused of Filming Teen Players in Hotel Bathroom," 14 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of field

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1798, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for field

Noun, Adjective, and Verb

Middle English, from Old English feld; akin to Old High German feld field, Old English flōr floor — more at floor

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More Definitions for field

field

noun

English Language Learners Definition of field

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an open area of land without trees or buildings
: an area of land that has a special use
: an area of work, study, etc.

field

verb

English Language Learners Definition of field (Entry 2 of 2)

baseball or cricket : to catch or stop and throw a ball also : to play (a position) on a baseball team
: to deal with or respond to (something, such as a telephone call or a request)
: to give an answer to (a question)

field

noun
\ ˈfēld How to pronounce field (audio) \

Kids Definition of field

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a piece of open, cleared, or cultivated land
2 : a piece of land put to a special use or giving a special product a ball field an oil field
3 : an area of activity or influence the field of science
4 : a background on which something is drawn, painted, or mounted The United States flag has white stars on a blue field.

field

adjective

Kids Definition of field (Entry 2 of 3)

: relating to a field field work

field

verb
fielded; fielding

Kids Definition of field (Entry 3 of 3)

: to catch or stop and throw a ball

field

noun
\ ˈfē(ə)ld How to pronounce field (audio) \

Medical Definition of field

1 : an area or division of an activity a doctor eminent in her field
2 : a complex of forces that serve as causative agents in human behavior
3a : a region of embryonic tissue potentially capable of a particular type of differentiation a morphogenetic field
b : a region or space in which a given effect (as magnetism) exists
4a : an area that is perceived or under observation especially : the area visible through the lens of an optical instrument — see visual field
b : the site of a surgical operation

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