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  1. field
  2. noun

    • 1. an area of open land, especially one planted with crops or pasture, typically bounded by hedges or fences:

      a wheat field a field of corn
    • 2. a piece of land used for a particular purpose, especially an area marked out for a game or sport:

      a football field
      Synonym : pitch, ground, sports field, playing field, recreation ground, arena, stadium, park
    • 3. defensive play or the defensive positions collectively:

      he is fast in the field and on the bases
    • 4. a large area of land or water completely covered in a particular substance, especially snow or ice:

      an ice field
    • 5. an area rich in a natural product, typically oil or gas:

      an oil field
    • 6. a place where a subject of scientific study or of artistic representation can be observed in its natural location or context.

    • 7. an area on which a battle is fought:

      a field of battle
    • 8. a battle:

      many a bloody field was to be fought
    • 9. a particular branch of study or sphere of activity or interest:

      we talked to professionals in various fields
    • 10. a part of a record, representing an item of data.

    • 11. a general area of meaning within which individual words make particular distinctions.

    • 12. a space or range within which objects are visible from a particular viewpoint or through a piece of apparatus:

      the stars drift through this telescope's field of view
      Synonym : scope, range, sweep, reach, extent, purview, limits, confines, parameters, bounds, horizons
    • 13. all the participants in a contest or sport:

      he destroyed the rest of the field with a devastating injection of speed
      Synonym : competitors, entrants, competition, runners, applicants, candidates, possibles, possibilities, hopefuls
    • 14. an area on a flag with a single background color:

      fifty white stars on a blue field
    • 15. the surface of an escutcheon or of one of its divisions.

    • 16. the region in which a particular condition prevails, especially one in which a force or influence is effective regardless of the presence or absence of a material medium.

    • 17. the force exerted or potentially exerted in a field:

      the variation in the strength of the field
    • 18. a system subject to two binary operations analogous to those for the multiplication and addition of real numbers, and having similar commutative and distributive laws.


    • 1. play as a fielder.

    • 2. catch or stop (the ball):

      he fielded the ball cleanly, but threw it down the right-field line
      Synonym : catch, stop, retrieve, return, throw back
    • 3. send out (a team or individual) to play in a game:

      a high school that traditionally fielded mediocre teams
      Synonym : put in the team, send out, play, put up
    • 4. (of a political party) nominate (a candidate) to run in an election:

      a radical political party that is beginning to field candidates in local elections
    • 5. deploy (an army):

      no one had the power to field an army of any consequence
    • 6. deal with (a difficult question, telephone call, etc.):

      she has fielded five calls from salespeople
      Synonym : deal with, handle, cope with, answer, reply to, respond to, react to, parry, deflect, turn aside, evade, sidestep, avoid, dodge, answer evasively, fend off, duck


    • 1. carried out or working in the natural environment, rather than in a laboratory or office:

      field observations
      Synonym : practical, hands-on, applied, actual, active, experiential, empirical, in the field, nontheoretical, empiric
    • 2. (of military equipment) light and mobile for use on campaign:

      field artillery
    • 3. used in names of animals or plants found in the open country, rather than among buildings or as cultivated varieties:

      field ant
    • 4. denoting a game played outdoors on a marked field.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: field, plural noun: fields

    • v.: verb: field, 3rd person present: fields, gerund or present participle: fielding, past tense: fielded, past participle: fielded

    • adjective

      of, forming, or situated at the end or extremity of something:

      of or forming a transportation terminal:

    • noun

      the end of a railroad or other transport route, or a station at such a point.

      a departure and arrival building for air passengers at an airport.

    • noun

      a shaft sunk into the ground to obtain water, oil, or gas.

      a water spring or fountain.

    • verb

      (of a liquid) rise to the surface and spill or be about to spill:

      (of an emotion) arise and become more intense:

    • noun

      an omnivorous domesticated hoofed mammal with sparse bristly hair and a flat snout for rooting in the soil, kept for its meat.

      a wild animal of the pig family.

    • verb

      gorge oneself with food:

      crowd together with other people in disorderly or dirty conditions:

    • noun

      a substance that flows freely but is of constant volume, having a consistency like that of water or oil:

      a consonant produced by allowing the airstream to flow over the sides of the tongue, and able to be prolonged like a vowel (typically l and r).

    • adjective

      having a consistency like that of water or oil, i.e., flowing freely but of constant volume.

      having the clear shimmer of water:

    • noun

      a raised level surface on which people or things can stand:

      a raised floor or stage used by public speakers or performers so that they can be seen by their audience:

    • adverb

      in the opposite direction from that in which a stream or river flows; nearer to the source:

      in or towards the part of a sequence of genetic material where transcription takes place earlier than at a given point.

    • adjective

      moving or situated in the opposite direction from that in which a stream or river flows:

      situated in or towards the part of a sequence of genetic material where transcription takes place earlier than at a given point.

    • be extinguished by an air current

      (of a tire) puncture while the vehicle is in motion

    • adverb

      situated or moving in the direction in which a stream or river flows:

      situated in or toward the part of a sequence of genetic material where transcription takes place later than at a given point:

    • verb

      inject liquid into (a subterranean rock formation, borehole, etc.) at high pressure so as to force open existing fissures and extract oil or gas:

      extract (oil or gas) by injecting liquid into a subterranean rock formation, borehole, etc. at high pressure:

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