field
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English feld; akin to Old High German feld field, Old English flōr floor — more at floor Date: before 12th century 1. a. (1) an open land area free of woods and buildings (2) an area of land marked by the presence of particular objects or features <
dune fields
>
b. (1) an area of cleared enclosed land used for cultivation or pasture <
a field of wheat
>
(2) land containing a natural resource (3) airfield c. the place where a battle is fought; also battle d. a large unbroken expanse (as of ice) 2. a. an area or division of an activity, subject, or profession b. the sphere of practical operation outside a base (as a laboratory, office, or factory) <
geologists working in the field
>
c. an area for military exercises or maneuvers d. (1) an area constructed, equipped, or marked for sports (2) the portion of an indoor or outdoor sports area enclosed by the running track and on which field events are conducted (3) any of the three sections of a baseball outfield <
hits to all fields
>
3. a space on which something is drawn or projected: as a. the space on the surface of a coin, medal, or seal that does not contain the design b. the ground of each division in a flag c. the whole surface of an escutcheon 4. the individuals that make up all or part of the participants in a contest; especially all participants with the exception of the favorite or the winner in a contest where more than two are entered 5. the area visible through the lens of an optical instrument 6. a. a region or space in which a given effect (as magnetism) exists b. a region of embryonic tissue capable of a particular type of differentiation <
a morphogenetic field
>
7. a set of mathematical elements that is subject to two binary operations the second of which is distributive relative to the first and that constitutes a commutative group under the first operation and also under the second if the zero or unit element under the first is omitted 8. a complex of forces that serve as causative agents in human behavior 9. a series of drain tiles and an absorption area for septic-tank outflow 10. a particular area (as of a record in a database) in which the same type of information is regularly recorded II. adjective Date: 12th century of or relating to a field: as a. growing in or inhabiting the fields or open country b. made, conducted, or used in the field c. operating or active in the field III. verb Date: 1823 transitive verb 1. a. to catch or pick up (as a batted ball) and usually throw to a teammate b. to take care of or respond to (as a telephone call or a request) c. to give an impromptu answer or solution to <
the senator fielded the reporters' questions
>
2. to put into the field <
field an army
>
<
field a team
>
; also to enter in competition intransitive verb to play as a fielder

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Field — (f[=e]ld), n. [OE. feld, fild, AS. feld; akin to D. veld, G. feld, Sw. f[ a]lt, Dan. felt, Icel. fold field of grass, AS. folde earth, land, ground, OS. folda.] 1. Cleared land; land suitable for tillage or pasture; cultivated ground; the open… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Field — (f[=e]ld), n. [OE. feld, fild, AS. feld; akin to D. veld, G. feld, Sw. f[ a]lt, Dan. felt, Icel. fold field of grass, AS. folde earth, land, ground, OS. folda.] 1. Cleared land; land suitable for tillage or pasture; cultivated ground; the open… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Field — or fields may refer to: * Field (agriculture), an area of land used to cultivate crops for agricultural purposes * Field of study, a branch of knowledge * Playing field, in sports, the area in which the sport is played * Visual field or field of… …   Wikipedia

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  • field — [fēld] n. [ME feld < OE, akin to Ger feld, Du veld < IE * pelt < base * pele , * pla , flat and broad > L planus, plane, Gr palamē, flat hand] 1. a wide stretch of open land; plain 2. a piece of cleared land, set off or enclosed, for… …   English World dictionary

  • field — ► NOUN 1) an area of open land, especially one planted with crops or pasture. 2) a piece of land used for a sport or game. 3) a subject of study or sphere of activity. 4) a region or space with a particular property: a magnetic field. 5) a space… …   English terms dictionary

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  • Field — Field, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Fielded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Fielding}.] 1. To take the field. [Obs.] Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. (Ball Playing) To stand out in the field, ready to catch, stop, or throw the ball. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Field — Field, v. t. (Ball Playing) To catch, stop, throw, etc. (the ball), as a fielder. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Field — (spr. fīld), 1) John, Klavierspieler und Komponist, geb. 26. Juli 1782 in Dublin, gest. 11. Jan. 1837 in Moskau, siedelte als Kind mit seinen Eltern nach London über, wo er Clementis Unterricht genoß. Er begleitete Clementi auf seinen Reisen und… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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