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field day
▪ Any bacteria that may be in the food will have a field day and grow.
▪ His nomination could be a field day for Democrats.
▪ The tabloid newspapers would have a field day.
▪ Those looking into dodgy dealings at the county jail, on the other hand, have had a field day.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Field day

Field \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 country.

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

    Fields which promise corn and wine.

  3. A place where a battle is fought; also, the battle itself.

    In this glorious and well-foughten field.

    What though the field be lost?

  4. An open space; an extent; an expanse. Esp.:

    1. Any blank space or ground on which figures are drawn or projected.

    2. The space covered by an optical instrument at one view.

      Without covering, save yon field of stars.

      Ask of yonder argent fields above.

  5. (Her.) 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).

  6. An unresticted or favorable opportunity for action, operation, or achievement; province; room.

    Afforded a clear field for moral experiments.

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

  8. (Baseball) That part of the grounds reserved for the players which is outside of the diamond; -- called also outfield. Note: Field is often used adjectively in the sense of belonging to, or used in, the fields; especially with reference to the operations and equipments of an army during a campaign away from permanent camps and fortifications. In most cases such use of the word is sufficiently clear; as, field battery; field fortification; field gun; field hospital, etc. A field geologist, naturalist, etc., is one who makes investigations or collections out of doors. A survey uses a field book for recording field notes, i.e., measurment, observations, etc., made in field work (outdoor operations). A farmer or planter employs field hands, and may use a field roller or a field derrick. Field sports are hunting, fishing, athletic games, etc. Coal field (Geol.) See under Coal. Field artillery, light ordnance mounted on wheels, for the use of a marching army. Field basil (Bot.), a plant of the Mint family ( Calamintha Acinos); -- called also basil thyme. Field colors (Mil.), small flags for marking out the positions for squadrons and battalions; camp colors. Field cricket (Zo["o]l.), a large European cricket ( Gryllus campestric), remarkable for its loud notes. Field day.

    1. A day in the fields.

    2. (Mil.) A day when troops are taken into the field for instruction in evolutions.

    3. A day of unusual exertion or display; a gala day. Field driver, in New England, an officer charged with the driving of stray cattle to the pound. Field duck (Zo["o]l.), the little bustard ( Otis tetrax), found in Southern Europe. Field glass. (Optics)

      1. A binocular telescope of compact form; a lorgnette; a race glass.

      2. A small achromatic telescope, from 20 to 24 inches long, and having 3 to 6 draws.

      3. See Field lens. Field lark. (Zo["o]l.)

        1. The skylark.

        2. The tree pipit. Field lens (Optics), that one of the two lenses forming the eyepiece of an astronomical telescope or compound microscope which is nearer the object glass; -- called also field glass. Field madder (Bot.), a plant ( Sherardia arvensis) used in dyeing. Field marshal (Mil.), the highest military rank conferred in the British and other European armies. Field officer (Mil.), an officer above the rank of captain and below that of general. Field officer's court (U.S.Army), a court-martial consisting of one field officer empowered to try all cases, in time of war, subject to jurisdiction of garrison and regimental courts. --Farrow. Field plover (Zo["o]l.), the black-bellied plover ( Charadrius squatarola); also sometimes applied to the Bartramian sandpiper ( Bartramia longicauda). Field spaniel (Zo["o]l.), a small spaniel used in hunting small game. Field sparrow. (Zo["o]l.)

          1. A small American sparrow ( Spizella pusilla).

          2. The hedge sparrow. [Eng.] Field staff (Mil.), a staff formerly used by gunners to hold a lighted match for discharging a gun. Field vole (Zo["o]l.), the European meadow mouse. Field of ice, a large body of floating ice; a pack. Field, or Field of view, in a telescope or microscope, the entire space within which objects are seen. Field magnet. see under Magnet. Magnetic field. See Magnetic. To back the field, or To bet on the field. See under Back, v. t. -- To keep the field.

            1. (Mil.) To continue a campaign.

            2. To maintain one's ground against all comers.

              To lay against the field or To back against the field, to bet on (a horse, etc.) against all comers.

              To take the field (Mil.), to enter upon a campaign.

field day

n. 1 (context military English) A parade day. 2 A school day for athletic events; a sports day. 3 A day of class taken away from school for a field trip. 4 (context idiomatic English) A great time or a great deal to do. 5 (context idiomatic English) A great time or a great deal to do, at somebody else's expense. 6 (context US military specifically US Navy US Coast Guard and US Marine Corps English) A day on which there is top-to-bottom all-hands cleaning.

field day
  1. n. (military) a day for military exercises and display

  2. a day for outdoor athletic competition

  3. a time of unusual pleasure and success

  4. a day devoted to an outdoor social gathering [syn: outing, picnic]

Field Day (amateur radio)

Field Day is an annual amateur radio exercise, widely sponsored by IARU regions and member organizations, encouraging emergency communications preparedness among amateur radio operators. In the United States, it is typically the largest single emergency preparedness exercise in the country, with over 30,000 operators participating each year. Field Day is always the fourth full weekend of June, beginning at 1800 UTC Saturday and running through 2059 UTC Sunday.

Since the first ARRL Field Day in 1933, radio amateurs throughout North America have practiced the rapid deployment of radio communications equipment in environments ranging from operations under tents in remote areas to operations inside Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs). Operations using emergency and alternative power sources are highly encouraged, since electricity and other public infrastructures are often among the first to fail during a natural disaster or severe weather.

To determine the effectiveness of the exercise and of each participant's operations, there is an integrated contesting component, and many clubs also engage in concurrent leisure activities (camping out, cookouts, etc.). Operations typically last a continuous twenty-four hours, requiring scheduled relief operators to keep stations on the air. Additional contest points are awarded for experimenting with unusual modes, making contacts via satellite, and involving youth in the activity.

Field Day (Anthony Phillips album)

__NOTOC__ Field Day is the first studio album from Anthony Phillips in 5 years in between various series releases of the Archive Collection, library & TV projects and compilations. It is also the sequel to Private Parts & Pieces V: Twelve, in which the acoustic guitar is the sole instrument on the album. The sleeve cover is designed by GR/DD, based in London. As Anthony Phillips explains in the sleeve notes, the album started off as a small project but not only grew in time, it also took a long time to record the album due to other project schedules.

Field Day (band)

Field Day was a Canadian pop-punk band from Calgary formed in 1994. The band's original lineup consisted of guitarist and singer John Hiebert, drummer Jay Kreway (who were both members of Calgary punk band "Ninth Configuration") along with bassist Jonas Smith (also known as Joner Baloner).

Field day (agriculture)


A field day is a large trade show for agricultural industry and equipment, especially for broadacre farming. It contrasts with an agricultural show in that a show focuses on livestock and judging, a field day focuses on equipment, demonstrations and processes.

A field day may include events such as ploughing competitions not usually associated with shows due to the larger space required. The events are good sources of agricultural information, as organizers can arrange for guest speakers to talk on a range of topics.

Field Day (Sydney festival)

Field Day is an outdoor music festival held every year on New Years Day in Sydney at The Domain. It is a one-day music festival showcasing hip-hop, house, indie and electronic artists from all over the world. The event has been running since 2002 and has become a popular annual music event, attracting over 20,000 people.

In 2007 and 2008 Field Day was voted the best festival in New South Wales in the annual InTheMix 50.

Field day

Field day may refer to:

  • For the armed forces use and its derivatives, see wiktionary:field day
  • Field day (agriculture), a trade show
  • Field Day (amateur radio), an annual amateur radio exercise
  • Field Day (band), a Canadian pop-punk band from Calgary, Alberta
  • Field Day (festival), a music festival in London
  • Field Day (Sydney festival), an outdoor music festival held every year on New Years Day in Sydney
  • Field Day Theatre Company, Northern Irish community theatre company
  • Field Day (Dag Nasty album)
  • Field Day (Marshall Crenshaw album)
  • Field Day (Anthony Phillips album)
  • Sports day, a competitive event held by schools
  • Club Day, an English community celebration
Field Day (festival)

Field Day is a yearly outdoor music festival set up in Victoria Park in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. The first festival took place on 11 August 2007. It has continuously expanded, and since its inception, ticket allocation for the festival has sold out every year.

Field Day (Dag Nasty album)

Field Day is a studio album by Dag Nasty released in 1988 through Giant Records; it was released in Europe on We Bite Records. The album features a cover-version of The Ruts classic "Staring at the Rude Boys". It also offers a new recording of the band classic 'Under Your Influence'. The original version appears on the band's debut LP Can I Say with vocalist Dave Smalley. The CD bonus track "12XU" is originally written by Wire but has been covered by Brian Baker's former band Minor Threat, too.

Field Day (Marshall Crenshaw album)

Field Day is the second album by Detroit born musician Marshall Crenshaw. It includes his hit single, "Whenever You're On My Mind", which was aided by a popular early MTV music video and reached No. 23 on Billboard's Rock Tracks Chart.

The cover photo was shot in front of Marshall's alma mater Berkley High School. The album peaked at No. 52 in Billboard magazine, lasting 14 weeks on the chart.

Shortly after the release of Field Day, Marshall released an EP in the UK with five songs, four of which were remixes of the Steve Lillywhite produced songs on the album and one which was a live tune. Critic Robert Christgau gave it a perfect rating: A+.

Usage examples of "field day".

The President feels that if the secret were out the Press would have a field day, the foreign nations would jeer, and any extra security precautions taken by us would be interpreted both here and abroad as the spectacle of the President of France hiding from a single man, a foreigner at that.

They hadn't broken our monopoly on implanted emo-monitors then, and our undercover agents and saboteurs were having a field day on their central worlds.

Any Posleen that landed in Mexico were going to have the field day expected in the Third World for the Posleen and most would probably remain there at first.