playing field


: a field for various games
especially : the part of a field officially marked off for play
: a set of conditions for competition
usually used in such phrases as a level playing field

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The Los Angeles Coliseum does not currently have plans to shift the entire playing field from natural to artificial turf. Hector Diaz, The New Republic, 16 Feb. 2023 In the Mobile Microrobotics Challenge, robots with dimensions measured in micrometers will square off in a series of challenges taking place at a, uh, microchip playing field [photo above]. IEEE Spectrum, 15 Feb. 2023 So began the wait for the brothers to truly share a playing field. Shane Hoffmann, oregonlive, 14 Feb. 2023 The playing field was somewhat evened with the Nuggets without Jamal Murray and Aaron Gordon. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 13 Feb. 2023 It was grown at a local sod farm in Phoenix, beginning in May 2021, and was installed in State Farm Stadium's retractable playing field track two weeks ago. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, 13 Feb. 2023 The first, starting in May and finishing in October, will focus on rebuilding the playing field. Dallas News, 8 Feb. 2023 This policy contradicts scientific evidence that shows the impossibility of leveling the collegiate playing field through hormone therapy. Riley Gaines, WSJ, 6 Feb. 2023 Due to their personalities, their careers will go on long past the playing field. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, 2 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1584, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of playing field was circa 1584

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Cite this Entry

“Playing field.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition

playing field

: a field for various games
especially : the part of a field marked off for play
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