- The definition of a field is a large open space, often where sports are played, or an area where there is a certain concentration of a resource.
- An example of a field is the area at the park where kids play baseball.
- An example of a field is an area where there is a large amount of oil.
A field of grass.
field definition by Webster's New World
- a wide stretch of open land; plain
- a piece of cleared land, set off or enclosed, for raising crops or pasturing livestock
- a piece of land used for some particular purpose: a landing field
- an area of land producing some natural resource: a gold field
- any wide, unbroken expanse: a field of ice
- a battlefield
- a battle
- an area of military operations
- a military area away from the post or headquarters
- an area where practical work is done, as by a social worker, geologist, etc., away from the central office, laboratory, or the like: usually with the: camping equipment tested in the field
- a realm of knowledge or of special work or opportunity: the field of electronics
- an area of observation, as in a microscope
- the background, as on a flag or coin
- an area where games or athletic events are held
- the part of such an area, usually inside a closed racing track, where contests in the high jump, long jump, shot put, pole vault, etc. are held
- ☆ in baseball, any part of the outfield: a batter who hits to all fields
- all the entrants in a contest
- all the entrants in a contest except the one(s) specified
- Comput. any of the units of storage that are grouped to form a record ()
- Heraldry the surface or part of the surface of a shield
- Horse Racing those horses, in a race with more than twelve entrants, that are grouped together to function as a unit for betting purposes
- Math. a set of numbers or other algebraic elements for which arithmetic operations (except for division by zero) are defined in a consistent manner to yield another element of the set
- Physics a region, volume, or space where a specific, measurable force, as gravity or magnetism, exists
- the area viewed by the camera
- the area that the scanning element covers in one vertical sweep
Origin: Middle English feld ; from Old English akin to German feld, Dutch veld ; from Indo-European an unverified form pelt- ; from base an unverified form pele-, an unverified form pla-, flat and broad from source Classical Latin planus, plane, Classical Greek palamē, flat hand
- of, operating in, or held on the field or fields
- growing in fields; having a field as its habitat
- Baseball, Cricket to catch (a batted or thrown ball)
- to put (a team or player) in the field for a game or competition
- to position in a given location: to field an army
- to answer (a question) extemporaneously
- to deal with; handle: to field phone calls
- Field, Cyrus West 1819-92; U.S. industrialist: promoted the first transatlantic cable
- Field, Eugene 1850-95; U.S. journalist & poet
field definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. A broad, level, open expanse of land.b. A meadow: a field of buttercups.c. A cultivated expanse of land, especially one devoted to a particular crop: a field of corn.d. A portion of land or a geologic formation containing a specified natural resource.e. A wide unbroken expanse, as of ice.
- a. A battleground.b. A battle.c. The scene or an area of military operations or maneuvers.d. A military area away from headquarters.
- a. A background area, as on a flag, painting, or coin: a blue insignia on a field of red.b. Heraldry The background of a shield or one of the divisions of the background.
- Sports a. An area in which an athletic event takes place, especially the area inside or near to a running track, where field events are held.b. The portion of a playing field having specific dimensions on which the action of a game takes place.c. All the contestants or participants in an event, especially all the contestants except the favorite or the winner in a contest of more than two.d. The members of a team engaged in active play.e. The body of riders following a pack of hounds in hunting.
- a. An area of human activity or interest: several fields of endeavor.b. A topic, subject, or area of academic interest or specialization.c. Profession, employment, or business.d. An area or setting of practical activity or application outside an office, school, factory, or laboratory: biologists working in the field; a product tested in the field.e. An area or region where business activities are conducted: sales representatives in the field.
- Mathematics A set of elements having two operations, designated addition and multiplication, satisfying the conditions that multiplication is distributive over addition, that the set is a group under addition, and that the elements with the exception of the additive identity form a group under multiplication.
- Physics A region of space characterized by a physical property, such as gravitational or electromagnetic force or fluid pressure, having a determinable value at every point in the region.
- The usually circular area in which the image is rendered by the lens system of an optical instrument. Also called field of view.
- Computer Science a. A defined area of a storage medium, such as a set of bit locations or a set of adjacent columns on a punch card, used to record a type of information consistently.b. An element of a database record in which one piece of information is stored.c. An interface element in a GUI that accepts the input of text.
- Growing, cultivated, or living in fields or open land.
- Made, used, or carried on in the field: field operations.
- Working, operating, or active in the field: field representatives of a firm.
- Sports a. To retrieve (a ball) and perform the required maneuver, especially in baseball.b. To place in the field to play: field a team.
- To respond to: fielded tough questions from the press.
- a. To place in competition.b. To put into action: field an army of campaign workers.
- Computer Science To enter (data) into a field.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English feld; see pelə-2 in Indo-European roots.
, Cyrus West 1819-1892.
, Eugene 1850-1895.
, Marshall 1834-1906.
field - Computer Definition
Synonymous with data field. 1. A location or area in which certain data is located within a block or frame of transmitted data. See also block and frame. 2. A location or area in which certain data is located on a storage medium, particularly in a database record.
A physical structure in a form, file or database that holds data. A field is one or more bytes in size. A collection of fields makes up a data record; for example, ORDER #, NAME, ADDRESS, CITY, etc. The terms field and "box" are often used synonymously such as a "search field" or "search box" on a Web page. The field is the common denominator for database searches. For example, the STATE field is referenced when the query to find "all customers who live in Florida" is made to a database. When totaling transactions, the ORDER_AMOUNT field is summed. JOB_TITLE is referenced when looking for certain employees. Fields, Data Elements and Data Items Although often used interchangeably, there are several terms that refer to the same unit of storage in a data record. A "data element" is the logical definition of the field, while a "data item" is the actual data stored in the field. For example, for each CITY data element defined in a record, there are many CITY fields (structures) in the database that hold the data items (New York, Chicago, Phoenix, etc.).
field - Phrases/Idioms
keep the fieldor hold the field
play the fieldâ
- to take a broad area of operations; not confine one's activities to one object
- Informal to date more than one person during the same period of time
take (or leave) the field
take the field
field - Science Definition
- A distribution in a region of space of the strength and direction of a force, such as the electrostatic force near an electrically charged object, that would act on a body at any given point in that region. See also electric field, magnetic field.
- The region whose image is visible to the eye or accessible to an optical instrument.
- A set of elements having two operations, designated addition and multiplication, satisfying the conditions that multiplication is distributive over addition, that the set is a group under addition, and that the elements with the exception of the additive identity (0) form a group under multiplication. The set of all rational numbers is a field.
- a. In a database, a space for a single item of information contained in a record.b. An interface element in a graphical user interface that accepts the input of text.