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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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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Markakis and Matt Kemp will join Harper in the NL outfield. Jay Cohen, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Mike Trout leads stellar AL outfield for All-Star Game," 9 July 2018 Brinson notched his first major-league outfield assist by throwing out Chris Owings at home plate in the fifth inning, saving a run and helping to kill an Arizona rally. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "A Closer Look: Arizona Diamondbacks 2, Miami Marlins 1," 28 June 2018 Andy Green on Wednesday offered a clearer picture of what precisely is ailing Franchy Cordero but no definitive timeline for a return to his outfield. Jeff Sanders, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Surgery an option as Padres reveal bone spur in Franchy Cordero's elbow," 20 June 2018 The collective on-base from their outfield was .299, third-worst in the league, and that number drops to .285 when looking at all outfielders not named A.J. Pollock. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Diamondbacks hoping for a boost from newcomer Jon Jay," 8 June 2018 Miami tanked their chances by trading all three members of their starting outfield during the offseason. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "Dodgers rally but bullpen falters in 6-5 loss to Marlins," 17 May 2018 Unkle’s hard hit up the middle ended up rolling into the outfield for a leadoff single, serving as the spark in what ended up being a two-run final frame on the way to a 10-9 walk-off victory. Brent Kennedy, Howard County Times, "Howard softball walks off against Dulaney in 4A North region quarterfinals," 14 May 2018 Stanton’s grounder went off the glove of third baseman Tim Beckham and away from Machado, eventually reaching the outfield grass as Aaron Judge raced home from second. New York Times, "A Yankees Blowout Rooted in a Single Impossible Decision," 11 July 2018 That's what Hand threw after getting back in the count at 2-2, and Choo deposited it onto the outfield grass. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction tries to explain why Willie Calhoun was passed over yet again," 26 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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