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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Other than Michael Brantley, the offensive production there has been bleak: Only the Royals, Orioles, Marlins, White Sox and Rays have a worse outfield OPS. SI.com, "The American League Controls the Top and Bottom Tiers of Our Power Rankings," 10 July 2018 The 64,000 square-foot facility would include an outdoor patio and a four-acre outdoor driving range outfield surrounding by netting that's extended onto 150-foot-tall poles. Justin Sayers, The Courier-Journal, "Topgolf moves planned site 200 feet west but neighbors still unhappy," 7 June 2018 Leung singled and later sprinted home on a overthrow from the outfield. Jake Levin, BostonGlobe.com, "Brookline baseball wins a wild one in 10 innings," 18 May 2018 Naquin was the Tribe's starting center fielder in 2016, taking advantage of Michael Brantley's injuries and Abe Almonte's suspension to make the opening day outfield. Terry Pluto, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Indians: Tyler Naquin's rise, worries elsewhere -- Terry Pluto," 13 May 2018 Early in the Midland season, Flamm has been given the opportunity to hit as well, playing second base, outfield and pitching in closing situations. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Locals hope for another Connie Mack World Series title for Midland Redskins," 13 June 2018 Each batter sent harmless flies to the outfield, and Giles notched his fifth save. Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle, "Astros cap sweep of Athletics with help from bottom of lineup," 9 May 2018 The plan is to keep rookie Brian Anderson’s bat in the lineup by utilizing him in the outfield and first base in addition to spelling Prado at third. Craig Davis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Stats mirror Marlins' dreadful start; series win in L.A. offers hope," 26 Apr. 2018 Hailey’s teammate cracked a ball to the outfield, and Hailey slid home. Moriah Balingit, Washington Post, "‘They are so underpaid’: School support staff scrape by on meager earnings," 25 Apr. 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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