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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fieldnoun

    a piece of land cleared of trees and usually enclosed

    "he planted a field of wheat"

  2. battlefield, battleground, field of battle, field of honor, fieldnoun

    a region where a battle is being (or has been) fought

    "they made a tour of Civil War battlefields"

  3. fieldnoun

    somewhere (away from a studio or office or library or laboratory) where practical work is done or data is collected

    "anthropologists do much of their work in the field"

  4. discipline, subject, subject area, subject field, field, field of study, study, bailiwicknoun

    a branch of knowledge

    "in what discipline is his doctorate?"; "teachers should be well trained in their subject"; "anthropology is the study of human beings"

  5. field, field of force, force fieldnoun

    the space around a radiating body within which its electromagnetic oscillations can exert force on another similar body not in contact with it

  6. field, field of operation, line of businessnoun

    a particular kind of commercial enterprise

    "they are outstanding in their field"

  7. sphere, domain, area, orbit, field, arenanoun

    a particular environment or walk of life

    "his social sphere is limited"; "it was a closed area of employment"; "he's out of my orbit"

  8. playing field, athletic field, playing area, fieldnoun

    a piece of land prepared for playing a game

    "the home crowd cheered when Princeton took the field"

  9. plain, field, champaignnoun

    extensive tract of level open land

    "they emerged from the woods onto a vast open plain"; "he longed for the fields of his youth"

  10. fieldnoun

    (mathematics) a set of elements such that addition and multiplication are commutative and associative and multiplication is distributive over addition and there are two elements 0 and 1

    "the set of all rational numbers is a field"

  11. field, field of operations, theater, theater of operations, theatre, theatre of operationsnoun

    a region in which active military operations are in progress

    "the army was in the field awaiting action"; "he served in the Vietnam theater for three years"

  12. fieldnoun

    all of the horses in a particular horse race

  13. fieldnoun

    all the competitors in a particular contest or sporting event

  14. fieldnoun

    a geographic region (land or sea) under which something valuable is found

    "the diamond fields of South Africa"

  15. fieldnoun

    (computer science) a set of one or more adjacent characters comprising a unit of information

  16. field, field of viewnoun

    the area that is visible (as through an optical instrument)

  17. airfield, landing field, flying field, fieldverb

    a place where planes take off and land

  18. fieldverb

    catch or pick up (balls) in baseball or cricket

  19. fieldverb

    play as a fielder

  20. fieldverb

    answer adequately or successfully

    "The lawyer fielded all questions from the press"

  21. fieldverb

    select (a team or individual player) for a game

    "The Buckeyes fielded a young new quarterback for the Rose Bowl"


  1. fieldnoun

    (Sports) An open, usually flat, piece of land on which a sports contest is played; a playing field; as, a football field; a baseball field.

  2. fieldnoun

    (Physics) The influence of a physical object, such as an electrically charged body, which is capable of exerting force on objects at a distance; also, the region of space over which such an influence is effective; as, the earth's gravitational field; an electrical field; a magnetic field; a force field.


  1. fieldnoun

    A land area free of woodland, cities, and towns; open country.

    There are several species of wild flowers growing in this field.

  2. fieldnoun

    A wide, open space that is usually used to grow crops or to hold farm animals.

  3. fieldnoun

    The open country near or belonging to a city -- usually used in plural.

  4. fieldnoun

    A region affected by a particular force.

    magnetic field

  5. fieldnoun

    A course of study or domain of knowledge or practice.

    He was an expert in the field of Chinese history.

  6. fieldnoun

    An area that can be seen at a given time.

  7. fieldnoun

    A place where a battle is fought; a battlefield.

  8. fieldnoun

    An area reserved for playing a game.

  9. fieldnoun

    A realm of practical, direct, or natural operation, contrasting with an office, classroom, or laboratory.

  10. fieldverb

    To intercept or catch (a ball) and play it.

  11. fieldverb

    To be the team catching and throwing the ball, as opposed to hitting it.

    The blue team are fielding first, while the reds are batting.

  12. fieldverb

    To place a team in (a game).

    The away team fielded two new players and the second-choice goalkeeper.

  13. fieldverb

    To answer; to address.

    She will field questions immediately after her presentation.

  14. fieldnoun

    A set having two operations called addition and multiplication under both of which all the elements of the set are commutative and associative; for which multiplication distributes over addition; and for both of which there exist an identity element and an inverse element (except for the additive identity).

    The set of rational numbers, uE00027132uE001, is the prototypical field.

  15. fieldnoun

    A region containing a particular mineral.

    oil field; gold field

  16. fieldnoun

    The background of the shield

  17. fieldnoun

    An area of memory or storage reserved for a particular value.

  18. fieldnoun

    A component of a database record in which a single unit of information is stored.

  19. fieldnoun

    A physical or virtual location for the input of information in the form of characters.

    The form has fields for each element of the customer's home address and ship-to address.

  20. fieldnoun

    The team in a match who is throwing the ball and trying to catch the ball hit by the other team (the bat).

  21. Etymology: From field, feeld, feld, from feld, from felþuz, from pelh₂-. Cognate with feld, feild, fjild, West Frisian fjild, Dutch veld, German Feld, Swedish fält. Related also to folde, folm. More at fold.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Fieldnoun

    Etymology: feld, Saxon; feld, German; veld, Dutch.

    Live with me, and be my love,
    And we will all the pleasure prove,
    That hills and vallies, dale and field,
    And all the craggy mountains yield. Walter Raleigh.

    By the civil law the corpse of persons deceased were buried out of the city in the fields. John Ayliffe, Parergon.

    Field lands are not exempted from mildews, nor yet from smut, where it is more than in inclosed lands. John Mortimer, Husb.

    Or great Osiris, who first taught the swain
    In Pharian fields to sow the golden grain. Alexander Pope, Statius.

    Since his majesty went into the field,
    I have seen her rise from her bed. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    What though the field be lost,
    All is not lost. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. i.

    When a man is in the field, a moderate skill in fencing rather exposes him to the sword of his enemy than secures him from it. John Locke.

    You maintain several factions;
    And whilst a field should be dispatch’d and fought,
    You are disputing of your generals. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    The god a clearer space for heav’n design’d;
    Where fields of light and liquid ether flow,
    Purg’d from the pond’rous dregs of earth below. Dryden.

    Ask of yonder argent fields above,
    Why Jove’s satellites are less than Jove. Alexander Pope, Ess. on Man.

    The ill-natured man gives himself a large field to expatiate in: he exposes failings in human nature. Joseph Addison, Spectator.

    I should enter upon a field too wide, and too much beaten, if I should display all the advantages of peace. George Smalridge.

    Who can this field of miracles survey,
    And not with Galen all in rapture say,
    Behold a God, adore him and obey. Richard Blackmore, Creation.

    Let the field or ground of the picture be clean, light, and well united with colour. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.


  1. field

    A field is an abstract algebraic structure containing a set of elements with specified operations - namely addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division - that follow specific laws similar to the familiar arithmetic operations for real numbers. These laws generally include the associative, commutative, and distributive properties, along with the existence of identity and inverse elements. Fields are used in a wide range of mathematical theories to describe various structures and phenomena.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fieldnoun

    cleared land; land suitable for tillage or pasture; cultivated ground; the open country

  2. Fieldnoun

    a piece of land of considerable size; esp., a piece inclosed for tillage or pasture

  3. Fieldnoun

    a place where a battle is fought; also, the battle itself

  4. Fieldnoun

    an open space; an extent; an expanse

  5. Fieldnoun

    any blank space or ground on which figures are drawn or projected

  6. Fieldnoun

    the space covered by an optical instrument at one view

  7. Fieldnoun

    the whole surface of an escutcheon; also, so much of it is shown unconcealed by the different bearings upon it. See Illust. of Fess, where the field is represented as gules (red), while the fess is argent (silver)

  8. Fieldnoun

    an unresticted or favorable opportunity for action, operation, or achievement; province; room

  9. Fieldnoun

    a collective term for all the competitors in any outdoor contest or trial, or for all except the favorites in the betting

  10. Fieldnoun

    that part of the grounds reserved for the players which is outside of the diamond; -- called also outfield

  11. Fieldverb

    to take the field

  12. Fieldverb

    to stand out in the field, ready to catch, stop, or throw the ball

  13. Fieldverb

    to catch, stop, throw, etc. (the ball), as a fielder

  14. Etymology: [OE. feld, fild, AS. feld; akin to D. veld, G. feld, Sw. flt, Dan. felt, Icel. fold field of grass, AS. folde earth, land, ground, OS. folda.]


  1. Field

    In agriculture, the word field refers generally to an area of land enclosed or otherwise and used for agricultural purposes such as: ⁕Cultivating crops ⁕Usage as a paddock or, generally, an enclosure of livestock ⁕Land left to lie fallow or as arable land ⁕ A green field or paddock with Hereford cattle. ⁕ A summer field. ⁕ Two women in a field. ⁕ Sown fields in an open field system of farming. ⁕ A rare green summer fields

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Field

    fēld, n. country or open country in general: a piece of ground enclosed for tillage or pasture: the range of any series of actions or energies: the locality of a battle: the battle itself: room for action of any kind: a wide expanse: (her.) the surface of a shield: the background on which figures are drawn: the part of a coin left unoccupied by the main device: those taking part in a hunt: all the entries collectively against which a single contestant has to compete: all the parties not individually excepted, as 'to bet on the field' in a horse-race.—v.t. at cricket and base-ball, to catch or stop and return to the fixed place.—v.i. to stand in positions so as to catch the ball easily in cricket.—ns. Field′-allow′ance, a small extra payment to officers on active service; Field′-artill′ery, light ordnance suited for active operations in the field; Field′-bed, a camp or trestle bedstead; Field′-book, a book used in surveying fields.—n.pl. Field′-col′ours, small flags used for marking the position for companies and regiments, also any regimental headquarters' flags.—n. Field′-day, a day when troops are drawn out for instruction in field exercises: any day of unusual bustle.—adj. Field′ed (Shak.), encamped.—ns. Field′er, one who fields; Field′fare, a species of thrush, having a reddish-yellow throat and breast spotted with black; Field′-glass, a binocular telescope slung over the shoulder in a case; Field′-gun, a light cannon mounted on a carriage; Field′-hand, an outdoor farm labourer; Field′-hos′pital, a temporary hospital near the scene of battle; Field′-ice, ice formed in the polar seas in large surfaces, distinguished from icebergs; Field′ing, the acting in the field at cricket as distinguished from batting; Field′-mar′shal, an officer of the highest rank in the army; Field′-meet′ing, a conventicle; Field′-mouse, a species of mouse that lives in the fields; Field′-night, a night marked by some important gathering, discussion, &c.; Field′-off′icer, a military officer above the rank of captain, and below that of general; Field′piece, a cannon or piece of artillery used in the field of battle; Field′-preach′er, one who preaches in the open air; Field′-preach′ing; Fields′man, a fielder.—n.pl. Field′-sports, sports of the field, as hunting, racing, &c.—n. Field′-train, a department of the Royal Artillery responsible for the safety and supply of ammunition during war.—advs. Field′ward, -wards, toward the fields.—n.pl. Field′works, temporary works thrown up by troops in the field, either for protection or to cover an attack upon a stronghold.—Field of vision, the compass of visual power.—Keep the field, to keep the campaign open: to maintain one's ground. [A.S. feld; cf. Dut. veld, the open country, Ger. feld.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. field

    The country in which military operations are being carried on; the scene of a conflict.--Taking the field, quitting cantonments, and going on active service.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. field

    A cleared space or plain where a battle is fought; also, the battle itself. To take the field means to commence active operations against an enemy.

  2. field

    In heraldry, the surface of a shield; hence, any blank space or ground on which figures are drawn or projected.

Editors Contribution

  1. field

    A component of a database or type of software.

    The database field has data input and the data is defined accurately.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 11, 2020  

  2. field

    A defined area of land.

    The farmers use their field for various purposes.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 3, 2020  

  3. fieldnoun

    field, is the work place to practice the skill.

    Submitted by muhammadm.15958 on October 31, 2022  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. FIELD

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Field is ranked #1452 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Field surname appeared 24,543 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 8 would have the surname Field.

    90.4% or 22,199 total occurrences were White.
    3.5% or 864 total occurrences were Black.
    2.7% or 665 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.6% or 415 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1% or 265 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.5% or 135 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'field' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #663

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'field' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1239

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'field' in Nouns Frequency: #181

Anagrams for field »

  1. felid

  2. filed

  3. flied

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of field in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of field in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of field in a Sentence

  1. Donald Trump:

    That’s a lot of collaboration with other people in a field that’s not your field. Visual arts is not my field, but what I’ve learned about it is from these people, you know, and they’ve helped bring me up in this field, from fine artists to people who are thought of as just illustrators who are just as talented in their own ways.

  2. Bertolt Brecht:

    We need a type of theatre which not only releases the feelings, insights and impulses possible within the particular historical field of human relations in which the action takes place, but employs and encourages those thoughts and feelings which help transform the field itself.

  3. Myles Garrett:

    I took a shot on one of the first plays. After that, it was tough. Using running back Josh Jacobs and a short passing game, Carr controlled the clock in the second half and kept the ball away from the Browns( 5-3). On the Raiders first two drives after halftime, the first leading to their go-ahead TD and the other to Carlsons 24-yard field goal with 4:24 left, they ate up 17:41. Oakland had the ball for 37:43 to 22:17 for Cleveland. Josh Jacobs finished with a career-high 128 yards 80 in the second half on 31 carries. Last week, Josh Jacobs had just 17 yards on 10 attempts. It was about time we had a run game like that, Josh Jacobs said. It feels good to be that dominant. The Raiders defense did The Raiders defense part as Las Vegas stopped Las Vegas NFL record of allowing at least 10 points at 116 straight games. Baker Mayfield couldnt get anything going with Clevelands offense, which was without star receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who suffered a season-ending knee injury last week. Baker Mayfield, who completed 21 passes in a row in the win over Cincinnati a week ago, went 12 of 25 for 122 yards. Mayfields last throw toward Jarvis Landry in the end zone was incomplete with 1:58 left, and Cody Parkey missed a 37-yard field goal to end Clevelands chances. Cody Parkey did make kicks of 41 and 38 yards. Theweather was brutal. The wind, measured from the west at 35 mph at kickoff, made it difficult for both quarterbacks to throw ; affected every punt and kick ; and forced the 12,000 fans to bundle up as it felt more like a game in late December or in Cleveland, early May. Im from the beach, Renfrow said. That was more wind than a hurricane it seemed like. It was coming sideways, backwards and forward. Carr did an excellent job managing the clock in the final minute of the first half to set up Carlsons 33-yard field goal as time expired to put The Raiders up 6-3. The Raiders appeared to take the lead in the second quarter when Carr connected with Henry Ruggs III in the back right corner of the end zone. However, Ruggs was ruled out of bounds and the call was upheld following a video review and Raiders challenge. Las Vegas settled for Carlsons 29-yard field goal to tie Las Vegas 3-3. Earlier, Carlsonhad a 41-yard attemptat the opposite end of the field blown sideways and the ball clanged off the left upright. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Myles Garrett SLOWED Myles Garrett was limited by an ankle injury that kept Myles Garrett out of practice this week, and now hes dealing with a knee issue. At one point, Myles Garrett was evaluated in the medical tent but came back. Myles Garrett was kept out on several plays, and lacked Myles Garrett usual explosiveness off the line. We havent made excuses and were not going to start now. Its a next-man-up league.

  4. Helen Hunt Jackson:

    Wounded vanity knows when it is mortally hurt and limps off the field, piteous, all disguises thrown away. But pride carries its banner to the last and fast as it is driven from one field unfurls it in another, never admitting that there is a shade less honor in the second field than in the first, or in the third than in the second.

  5. Joachim Saur:

    I was always brainstorming how we could use a telescope in other ways, is there a way you could use a telescope to look inside a planetary body? Then I thought, the aurorae! Because aurorae are controlled by the magnetic field, if you observe the aurorae in an appropriate way, you learn something about the magnetic field. If you know the magnetic field, then you know something about the moon's interior.

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    (used of persons) bound to a tract of land; hence their service is transferable from owner to owner
    • A. defiant
    • B. adscripted
    • C. contagious
    • D. foreordained

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