in·​field | \ˈin-ˌfēld \

Definition of infield 

1 : a field near a farmhouse

2a : the area of a baseball field enclosed by the three bases and home plate

b : the defensive positions comprising first base, second base, shortstop, and third base also : the players who play these positions

3 : the area enclosed by a racetrack or running track

Examples of infield in a Sentence

He threw the ball across the infield. The team has one of the best infields in the league.

Recent Examples on the Web

Maikel Franco ran across the infield, fielded a grounder near second base, and spun around before throwing to first. Matt Breen,, "Nick Pivetta throws seven shutout innings as Phils beat Braves," 21 May 2018 Yankees hitting coach Marcus Thames used both hands to shove Austin all the way across the infield toward the New York dugout. CBS News, "Yankees and Red Sox exchange punches at Fenway," 12 Apr. 2018 Yankees hitting coach Marcus Thames used both hands to shove Austin all the way across the infield toward the New York dugout. Kyle Hightower,, "Yankees, Red Sox fight at Fenway as New York ends Boston's nine-game winning streak, 10-7," 11 Apr. 2018 Should Herrera have an explosive spring, there will be a ripple effect across the infield, affecting everyone from Scooter Gennett to Eugenio Suarez to Nick Senzel. Cincinnati Enquirer,, "Guest TML: Four things I'm watching for this Cincinnati Reds season," 23 Feb. 2018 If not, Veach could flip across the infield again or Alyssa Rivera could come in from the outfield, which would send even more pieces moving. James Crepea |,, "Projected Auburn softball starting lineup for 2018 season," 29 Jan. 2018 Then came the seventh, when an infield single by the pesky Kevin Kiermaier led to another single by Matt Duffy, which led to the game-deciding blast. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Jordan Zimmermann's mistake can't overshadow his progress this season," 11 July 2018 Martinez beat second baseman Torres' jump throw from shallow center for an infield single, Mitch Moreland walked and Xander Bogaerts lined a single to right that loaded the bases. Jake Seiner,, "Sale Pitches Gem, Devers Slams Gray As Sox Whip Yankees," 30 June 2018 Michael Talesky delivered an infield single off the leg of Lake Park pitcher Ryan Behling (5-2) and Jordan Goldstein reached on a fielder’s choice. Paul Johnson, Elgin Courier-News, "Good Morgan: Senior left-hander Kyle Morgan shuts down Lake Park to lift Huntley into state final," 9 June 2018

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First Known Use of infield

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of infield

: the part of a baseball field that includes the area within and around the three bases and home plate

: the part of a cricket field that is close to the wickets

: the players who are positioned in the infield


in·​field | \ˈin-ˌfēld \

Kids Definition of infield

1 : the diamond-shaped part of a baseball field inside the bases and home plate

2 : the players in the infield

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