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

Definition of infield

1a : 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
2 : the area enclosed by a racetrack or running track
3 : a field near a farmhouse

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 Daytona was at capacity with 101,000 in the grandstands a year ago, several thousand more camping in the infield. Jenna Fryer,, "Denny Hamlin seeks historic third consecutive victory in NASCAR’s crown jewel at Daytona," 12 Feb. 2021 The track lowered its huge American flag in the infield to half-staff after the race. Mike Harris, Star Tribune, "AP Was There: Earnhardt killed in 2001 Daytona 500 crash," 11 Feb. 2021 That could be important for a franchise trying to see where Willi Castro and Isaac Paredes (and, of course, Niko Goodrum) fit in the infield. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, "Here's who the Detroit Tigers could still target in MLB free agency this month," 26 Jan. 2021 Darvish threw another high fastball on the next pitch and Akiyama slapped it over the infield. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, "The secret to Shogo Akiyama's success? The Cincinnati Reds rookie is improving against fastballs," 17 Sep. 2020 The 26-year-old can play all over the infield and in the corner outfield positions and is expected to provide depth at all of them. David Brandt, Star Tribune, "Bellinger sits, Dodgers still roll to 11-2 win over D-backs," 1 Aug. 2020 A year from now, if top prospect Royce Lewis is ready to play the infield, the Twins can simply let Simmons go. Star Tribune, "Derek Falvey values flexibility in players, contracts in constantly reshaping Twins," 28 Jan. 2021 The Padres took a 1-0 lead in the second when Tommy Pham blooped a single just over the infield, and scored when Wil Myers lined a double into the right-center gap. Stephen Hawkins,, "Bellinger robs Padres as Dodgers hold on for 2-0 NLDS lead," 8 Oct. 2020 Racetrack officials announced in late August that the stands and the infamous infield would be closed to fans this year in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "From protests to races, here's what's happening in Louisville for the 2020 Kentucky Derby," 4 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of infield

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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“Infield.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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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