out·​field | \ ˈau̇t-ˌfēld How to pronounce outfield (audio) \

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 How to pronounce outfielder (audio) \ 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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And that’s just on fly balls to the outfield. Let’s face it, the Mariners have toyed with our emotions far more than expected in 2019. Larry Stone, The Seattle Times, "Only one question matters this Mariners season: How is the step back affecting the step forward?," 19 May 2019 The Brewers already have plenty of outfield depth at all levels of their system, including former first-rounders Trent Grisham and Corey Ray at Class AA Biloxi. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Second-round draft pick Joe Gray signs with the Brewers," 22 June 2018 The Mariners, who haven't been to the postseason since 2001, have already shown a willingness to make a move, adding relief help and outfield depth in a deal with Tampa Bay. Tribune News Service, OregonLive.com, "MLB trade rumors: Will the Seattle Mariners try to acquire Cole Hamels?," 11 June 2018 Needing outfield depth in their farm system, the Red Sox acquired him for the princely sum of $1. Si.com Staff, SI.com, "The Greatest Debuts and First Hits in MLB History After Juan Soto's Unforgettable Moment," 22 May 2018 Tulane hit zero ground balls during that span, with seven outs coming on fly balls to the outfield. Christopher Dabe, NOLA.com, "Tulane baseball coach impressed by LSU pitching, outfielders," 22 Mar. 2018 Today, the boys relish the park’s covered dugouts and manicured outfields. Kate Morgan, Woman's Day, "A New Jersey Softball Team Is Lifting Its City's Spirits," 21 Mar. 2019 Michael Lorenzen spent his first four seasons with the Cincinnati Reds begging for the opportunity to play in the outfield on days the team didn’t use him as a pitcher. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Expect to See More Two-Way Threats in Baseball," 3 Mar. 2019 Four of Boston’s most valuable assets play in the outfield. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Why Second Base Is the New Right Field," 26 Oct. 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 How to pronounce outfield (audio) \

Kids Definition of outfield

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

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