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.

Recent Examples on the Web

In a 22-pitch first inning Tuesday, Harvey worked primarily off a fastball that was 93-95 mph all night but issued a walk and allowed two singles — one didn't leave the infield — to put himself into an early hole. Jon Meoli,, "Orioles prospect Hunter Harvey's four-inning stint in Bowie shows promise, work left to be done," 16 May 2018 Glover ended the game by making a diving stop on a grounder in the right side of the infield and tossing the ball to first for the final out. J.c. Carnahan,, "Hagerty advances to softball region final with win at Winter Springs," 9 May 2018 Almost a quarter of his hits (23%) never left the infield. Staff,, "Nine Innings: Gleyber Torres Jolts Yankees, Jacob deGrom Sparks Never-Ending DH Debate and More," 7 May 2018 The Raiders had loaded the bases without hitting the ball out of the infield. Kyle Stackpole, Howard County Times, "Atholton baseball hangs on to beat Howard, 5-4," 29 Mar. 2018 The left side of the infield belongs to senior third baseman Michael Gretler and junior shortstop Cadyn Grenier, with sophomore Adley Rutschman behind the plate. Ron Richmond For The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Starters named, but order undecided as No. 2 Oregon State Beavers' baseball season nears," 13 Feb. 2018 Saturday night was Anderson’s 13th game in right field after Prado’s return from injury pushed the 24-year-old out of the infield. Matthew Defranks,, "Brian Anderson shows off arm strength with rocket to third base on Saturday night," 13 May 2018 Hamels walked Victor Martinez and Jeimer Candelario to load the bases before Jose Iglesias drove in a run with an infield single that deflected off Hamels' glove. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "Quick work: Tigers knock Cole Hamels out in 1st inning," 7 July 2018 Robbie Thorburn reached base with a one-out, infield single. Randy Mcroberts, The Aegis, "Aberdeen beats Brooklyn again, 2-1," 6 July 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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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