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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ It was almost as if he needed grass all over his sweaty face before he could play in the outfield.
▪ I hurt shoulder playing the outfield.
▪ I hurt shoulder playing the outfield.
▪ I was present at Kidderminster on the day that Mark Ilott started charging around the outfield in painful discomfiture.
▪ So basically your team would have the 11 starters, 1 reserve keeper, and 6 outfield players.
▪ Striker Paul Wilkinson must also be suffering fatigue as the only ever-present outfield player.
▪ Their scheduled second round match at Strangford Road was called off an hour before the start because of an unfit outfield.
▪ We got locked into the outfield situation once Greg accepted arbitration.
▪ We had the depth in the outfield.
▪ We know Montreal did try him in the outfield.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1630s, "outlying land of a farm" (especially in Scotland), from out + field (n.); sporting sense is attested from 1851 in cricket, 1868 in baseball. Related: Outfielder.


n. 1 (context baseball softball English) The region of the field between the infield and the outer fence. 2 (context cricket English) The region of the field roughly outside of the infield or the wicket-keeper, slips, gully, point, cover, mid off, mid on, midwicket and square leg.


n. the area of a baseball playing field beyond the lines connecting the bases [ant: baseball diamond]

Outfield (disambiguation)

Outfield may refer to:

  • Outfield, a portion of the field of play in certain sports
  • The Outfield, a rock band

The outfield is a sporting term used in cricket and baseball to refer to the area of the field of play further from the batsman or batter than the infield, and in association football to players outside the goal.

Usage examples of "outfield".

She had an aluminium bat in her hands and she was knocking fly balls and grounders to half a dozen preadolescent boys, arrayed throughout the infield and outfield, playing a game called five hundred.

I had the arm and the mineral patience of the daydreamer and I roamed the outfield green, lamb happy and nervous when southpaws came to the plate.

The coach had to explain several times to his new star that iron legs are crucial to hitting, pitching, baserunning, making long throws from the outfield, and surviving the late innings of the second game of a doubleheader with a thin roster.

Cuthbert, Senserderfer and Heubel in the outfield, and Bechtel and Pratt, substitutes.

The grounds crew would start pulling down the outfield fence and attacking the job of girding the stadium for the long, cold months when the Browns were the sole tenant.

Johnny on all fours and Mary sucking him and running her fingers down the thigh backs and light over the outfields of the ball park.

Billy and Lenny lived together and played side by side in minor league outfields for nearly two years, beginning in 1984.

It was just a ballyard, like hundreds of other minor-league parks he’d been through: covered grandstand, bleachers out in back of left and right, advertisements pasted on the boards of the outfield fences—faded, peeling, tattered advertisements now, because nobody in Hot Springs was advertising much of anything these days.

He watched without saying anything more, while Boley struck out the first man with three sizzling curves, right on schedule, and then turned around and yelled something at the outfield.

They were nearing the left-field line, having traversed most of the outfield, when Jake broke the silence.

Behind the counter of the kitchen the non-coms, the jovial first sergeant, and the business-like sergeant who looked like a preacher, and the wrinkled-faced corporal who had been on the Red Sox outfield, could be seen eating steak.

Eddie could remember the evening a long, slow fly ball had been hit directly to Belch's position in the outfield - Belch didn't even have to move.

Butch just shrugged, but the sun-drenched grass and the signs advertising Knickerbocker Beer on the outfield fences and the crowd all crazy and the Belgorvian ball-machines glinting in the sunlight and the flag waving over the grandstand behind home plate and the faint odor of buttered popcorn drifting out to center and Mr.

Just then Molly Conklin opened the little door in the right field corner of the outfield wall, and trotting in from that direction were nine new American players with funny, little pancake ballgloves and hats that looked like they'd been sat on.

Then their diamonds have just over normal-sized infields, but the outfields have to be huge.