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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Other Words from outfield

outfielder \ ˈau̇t-​ˌfēl-​dər How to pronounce outfield (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.
Recent Examples on the Web There hasn’t been a second — even though more than four decades have passed since Burke played outfield for the Dodgers and A’s. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 June 2021 Celestino was summoned again from across the river in Triple-A St. Paul to play CF in the all-rookie outfield. Dave Campbell, ajc, 10 June 2021 After Fader grounded into a fielder’s choice, Keller came through with a single that scored two and alertly took second base on an outfield error. Glenn Graham, baltimoresun.com, 9 June 2021 The outfield, respecting his power, was playing way back. Dallas News, 9 June 2021 Darren Fenster, the Red Sox minor league outfield and base running coach, served as the third base coach for Team USA and got a first-hand look at the impact his players brought to the field. BostonGlobe.com, 8 June 2021 The fence surrounding the diamond and outfield is lined with sponsors’ ads, heavy on representation from labor and trades. Katie Pesznecker, Anchorage Daily News, 4 June 2021 Luke Broadhurst is a senior from Stafford Springs who plays infield/outfield on the baseball team and majors in sport & leisure management. courant.com, 4 June 2021 The Twins' youthful outfield hindered the team in the bottom of the seventh from center fielder Gilberto Celestino's two-error play. Megan Ryan, Star Tribune, 3 June 2021

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First Known Use of outfield

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of outfield was in 1868

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13 Jun 2021

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“Outfield.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outfield. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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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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