play·​field | \ˈplā-ˌfēld \

Definition of playfield 

: a playground for outdoor athletics

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Police recovered a folding knife with what appeared to be blood on the blade from a nearby playfield where young people were playing flag football, charging papers say. Sara Jean Green, The Seattle Times, "Prosecutors allege ‘deliberate cruelty’ in stabbing death of a 71-year-old Bellingham man," 9 Oct. 2018 In another mini-game, players must aim a laser at a playfield, allowing you to move around a little robot avatar who follows your laser. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Oculus Go review: The wireless-VR future begins today for only $199," 1 May 2018 In the incredibly fun arcade version, two to four players chomp pellets and avoid ghosts on the same ever-shifting playfield, racing for power pellets that increase player size and grant the ability to eat opponents. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "New casino game lets you bet real money on Pac-Man," 28 Sep. 2017 Keyboard Sports, though, puts practically every key on the board to use in a clever way, with the surface of the keyboard serving as an analog for the player's position on the playfield. Kyle Orland And Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "The Ars 10: We pick our favorite indie games from PAX West 2017," 11 Sep. 2017 Most of these involve some frustrating jumping on an ever-scrolling playfield or a bullet-hell-style zig-zag battle in Cuphead's biplane (shown in the above gallery). Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Cuphead is the prettiest game to make you throw your controller," 29 Sep. 2017 Denny Park has been reworked multiple times, with a formal garden and playfield added in 1903. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "Once a cemetery, Denny Park — Seattle’s oldest — gets a modern makeover," 21 May 2017 The backglass and the elements of the playfield reference the Twilight Zone’s iconic opening credits sequence, as well as several of the best episodes. Chris Baker, WIRED, "Videogames & Futurama, Part 3: Pinball Wizardry," 19 Dec. 2007

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First Known Use of playfield

1808, in the meaning defined above

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