mid·​field | \ ˈmid-ˌfēld How to pronounce midfield (audio) , ˌmid-ˈfēld \

Definition of midfield

1 : the middle portion of a field especially : the portion of a playing field (as in football) that is midway between goals
2 : the players on a team (as in lacrosse or soccer) that normally play in the midfield

Examples of midfield in a Sentence

The team captains shook hands at midfield. The ball went out of bounds near midfield. They have a talented midfield this year.
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Recent Examples on the Web In the 53rd minute, Nicholas Barone’s free kick from near midfield found its way into the box, where Mire was able to turn and score. Joseph Halm, NOLA.com, "No. 1 Pope John Paul rallies to 2-1 win over Mandeville," 30 Jan. 2021 Following an unsuccessful third-down attempt by Centreville from near midfield in the final minute, Ubly decided not to call a timeout on defense to get the ball back. Keith Dunlap, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan high school football: Centreville shuts out Ubly to win Division 8 state title," 22 Jan. 2021 While moving gingerly, Dickerson still snapped to quarterback Mac Jones near midfield during drills and later stood behind Alabama’s offensive line as the group went through the paces inside the Crimson Tide’s end zone. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Ohio State vs. Alabama: Live updates, analysis from college football championship game," 12 Jan. 2021 After Denver quarterback Drew Lock heaved the ball from near midfield toward the goal line, Williams, who normally plays wide receiver for the Chargers, leaped to secure an interception and a victory. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, "Mike Williams intercepts Keenan Allen’s job as Chargers defender against Hail Mary pass," 29 Dec. 2020 The Jets’ defense stopped the Rams on downs near midfield with 3:54 to play before Darnold hit Gore with the short pass over the middle that allowed the Jets to run out the clock. Greg Beacham, SFChronicle.com, "Jets upset Rams, revel in first win of tumultuous season," 20 Dec. 2020 The game appeared to be headed to overtime, although Dallas Christian held the ball near midfield with 15 seconds remaining after a timeout. Dallas News, "Heartbreaker: Dallas Christian falls short of TAPPS Division II title after Austin Regents’ game-winning pick six," 19 Dec. 2020 Smith has earned a reputation as a bit of gambler with a penchant to attack fourth down from midfield and closer. oregonlive, "Winning record possible for Oregon State, defense stalls against Utah, Avery Roberts’ record: 10 takeaways from a 30-24 loss," 7 Dec. 2020 Pinned back on their own 25-yard-line, Bristol Eastern completed a pass which moved them to midfield. Shawn Mcfarland, courant.com, "On a Thanksgiving without high school football in Connecticut, coaches reflect on classic rivalry games and traditions," 26 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of midfield

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 Feb 2021

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“Midfield.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/midfield. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of midfield

: the area of a playing field in sports like American football and soccer that is in the middle between the two goals
: the players on a soccer team who normally play in the midfield

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