Field Definition

fielded, fielding, fields
A wide stretch of open land; plain.
Webster's New World
A piece of cleared land, set off or enclosed, for raising crops or pasturing livestock.
Webster's New World
A meadow.
Cows grazing in a field.
American Heritage
A piece of land used for some particular purpose.
A landing field.
Webster's New World
An area of land producing some natural resource.
A gold field.
Webster's New World
Growing in fields; having a field as its habitat.
Webster's New World
Of, operating in, or held on the field or fields.
Webster's New World
Made, used, or carried on in the field.
Field operations.
American Heritage
fielded, fielding, fields
To catch, grab, or handle (a ball that has been batted, thrown, etc.)
Webster's New World
To put (a team or player) in the field for a game or competition.
Webster's New World
To place in the playing area.
Field a team.
American Heritage
To position in a given location.
To field an army.
Webster's New World
To deal with; handle.
To field phone calls.
Webster's New World

A surname​.

take the field
  • To begin or resume activity, as in a sport or military operations.
American Heritage
keep the field
  • to continue activity, as in games or military operations
Webster's New World
play the field
  • to take a broad area of operations; not confine one's activities to one object
  • to date several people casually over a period of time
Webster's New World
take (<i>or</i> leave) the field
  • to begin (or withdraw from) activity in a game, military operation, etc.
Webster's New World

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Origin of Field

  • From Middle English field, feeld, feld, from Old English feld (“field; open or cultivated land, plain; battlefield”), from Proto-Germanic *felþuz, *felþaz, *felþą (“field”), from Proto-Indo-European *pelh₂- (“field, plain”). Cognate with Scots feld, feild (“field”), North Frisian fjild (“field”), West Frisian fjild (“field”), Dutch veld (“field”), German Feld (“field”), Swedish fält (“field”). Related also to Old English folde (“earth, land, territory”), Old English folm (“palm of the hand”). More at fold.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English feld from Old English pelə-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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