in·​field | \ ˈin-ˌfēld How to pronounce infield (audio) \

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.

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Drivers found the new course, a 17-turn, 2.28-mile run that includes portions of the infield and the high-speed oval, somewhat of a mystery during testing Tuesday. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "Charlotte Motor Speedway's 'roval' course remains a mystery after testing," 10 July 2018 The Twins went to a five-man infield and Hernan Perez, batting for closer Corey Knebel, grounded into a force at the plate, with catcher Bobby Wilson handling a wide throw. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 6, Twins 5 (10): After falling behind on yet another grand slam, Brewers rally," 2 July 2018 Reddick held it and, for some reason, did not throw it into the infield. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros spoil Charlie Morton's gem in loss to Rays," 1 July 2018 Only one ball left the infield during that span on a fly out to right by Ashley Jozefowicz in the fifth. Steve Reaven, Elgin Courier-News, "To the limit: Alyssa Eby sparks rally in the seventh but St. Charles North loses in the supersectional to York," 5 June 2018 Frequently, Ensberg would consult with Mejdal for statistical advice about how to handle in-game decisions, such as whether to bring the infield in. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "The Data Wonk Who Became a Coach," 29 Mar. 2018 July 15 is Volunteer Appreciation Night with a pre-game parade around the infield with volunteers and kids can run the bases after the game. Jennie Key,, "You have to see how cute the Fiona snow globe is," 11 July 2018 But in the fifth inning, screams shattered the evening quiet as a local woman, Carol Sharrow, crashed through a park gate in a maroon Honda Accord and gunned around the infield. Brian Macquarrie,, "Killed Maine grandfather’s past and present come together in tragic collision," 12 June 2018 Alberto's versatility around the infield will come in handy with the Rangers' playing a two-game set in the National League against the Dodgers on Tuesday and Wednesday. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "Doug Fister's trip to DL could lead to Yovani Gallardo's return," 10 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 How to pronounce infield (audio) \

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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