out·​field | \ ˈau̇t-ˌfēld \

Definition of outfield

1 : the part of a baseball field beyond the infield and between the foul lines
2 : the baseball defensive positions comprising right field, center field, and left field also : the players who occupy these positions

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Other Words from outfield

outfielder \ ˈau̇t-​ˌfēl-​dər \ noun

Examples of outfield in a Sentence

He threw the ball to home plate from the outfield. The team has one of the best outfields in the league.

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The River Cats outfield will feature Mac Williamson, Austin Slater and top prospect Chris Shaw. Mark Billingsley, sacbee, "New players, new menu items, new season: River Cats' home opener is on deck | The Sacramento Bee," 9 Apr. 2018 Betts won the Gold Glove award in the outfield in each of the past two years and will almost certainly win his third this winter. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Why Second Base Is the New Right Field," 26 Oct. 2018 According to Twitter user Dina Berliner, the banner was dropped from one of the outfield balconies during the 8th inning of the game, in which the Yankees beat the Kansas City Royals, 6-3. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "'Trump 2020' banner unfurled at Yankees game," 31 July 2018 Generally considered the best catching prospect in the game, Mejia has also spent time in the outfield corners this season in an effort to find other routes to the Majors. Ted Berg, For The Win, "7 MLB prospects to watch at the 2018 Futures Game," 13 July 2018 If Martinez plays the outfield, then either Betts, center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. or left fielder Andrew Benintendi would lose their spot. Ben Walker, The Seattle Times, "No decision on Martinez in Red Sox lineup; Betts not at 2B," 26 Oct. 2018 A few hours after the Manfred remarks, Trout hit a home run during the third inning of the All-Star Game and also conducted an interview with the game's broadcasters while playing the outfield. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Los Angeles Angels back Mike Trout after commissioner's comments on 3-time MVP's marketability," 19 July 2018 Rhys Hoskins recently had a run-in with an outfield wall. Noel Harris, sacbee, "Rhys Hoskins is in the Home Run Derby. Why he wanted a different All-Star celebration," 11 July 2018 Folks on want Lorenzen to play more, play the outfield. John Fay, Cincinnati.com, "It's Michael Mania for the Cincinnati Reds as Lorenzen's grand slam caps at 12-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of outfield

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of outfield

: the part of a baseball field that includes the area beyond the infield and between the foul lines
: the part of a cricket field that is away from the wickets
: the players who are positioned in the outfield


out·​field | \ ˈau̇t-ˌfēld \

Kids Definition of outfield

: the part of a baseball field beyond the infield and between the foul lines

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