field


field
[[t]fi͟ːld[/t]]
♦♦
fields, fielding, fielded
1) N-COUNT A field is an area of grass, for example in a park or on a farm. A field is also an area of land on which a crop is grown.

...a field of wheat...

They went for walks together in the fields.

2) N-COUNT A sports field is an area of grass where sports are played.

...a football field...

He was the fastest thing I ever saw on a baseball field...

Gavin Hastings was helped from the field with ankle injuries.

3) N-COUNT: usu supp N A field is an area of land or sea bed under which large amounts of a particular mineral have been found.

...an extensive natural gas field in Alaska.

4) N-COUNT: usu supp N A magnetic, gravitational, or electric field is the area in which that particular force is strong enough to have an effect.

Some people are worried that electromagnetic fields from electric power lines could increase the risk of cancer.

5) N-COUNT: usu with supp A particular field is a particular subject of study or type of activity.

Exciting artistic breakthroughs have recently occurred in the fields of painting, sculpture and architecture...

Each of the authors of the tapes is an expert in his field.

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6) N-COUNT: usu the N, oft N of n You can refer to the area where fighting or other military action in a war takes place as the field or the field of battle.

We never defeated them on the field of battle.

...the need for politicians to leave day-to-day decisions to commanders in the field.

7) N-COUNT: with supp Your field of vision or your visual field is the area that you can see without turning your head.

Our field of vision is surprisingly wide.

8) N-COUNT-COLL: usu sing, the N The field is a way of referring to all the competitors taking part in a particular race or sports contest.

Going into the fourth lap, the two most broadly experienced riders led the field...

The field were so close that they would have caught us if I hadn't begun the sprint.

...one of the strongest fields ever assembled for the Women's Bowling Association championship.

9) ADJ: ADJ n You use field to describe work or study that is done in a real, natural environment rather than in a theoretical way or in controlled conditions.

I also conducted a field study among the boys about their attitude to relationships...

Our teachers took us on field trips to observe plants and animals, firsthand...

The man offering help is a field worker.

10) VERB: usu cont In a game of cricket, baseball, or rounders, the team that is fielding is trying to catch the ball, while the other team is trying to hit it.

When we are fielding, the umpires keep looking at the ball. [Also V n]

Derived words:
fielding N-UNCOUNT

At first base he led the league 21 times in fielding.

11) VERB If you say that someone fields a question, you mean that they answer it or deal with it, usually successfully. [JOURNALISM]

[V n] He was later shown on television, fielding questions.

12) VERB If a sports team fields a particular number or type of players, the players are chosen to play for the team on a particular occasion.

[V n] England intend fielding their strongest team in next month's World Youth Championship.

13) VERB If a candidate in an election is representing a political party, you can say that the party is fielding that candidate. [JOURNALISM]

[V n] There are signs that the new party aims to field candidates in elections scheduled for February next year.

Syn:
14) See also , minefield, , snowfield
15) PHRASE: V inflects If someone is having a field day, they are very busy doing something that they enjoy, even though it may be hurtful for other people.

In our absence the office gossips are probably having a field day...

I suspect that the lawyers are going to have a field day before it's all sorted out.

16) PHRASE: usu PHR after v Work or study that is done in the field is done in a real, natural environment rather than in a theoretical way or in controlled conditions.

Both Jersey and London zoos are doing major conservation work in captivity and in the field.

17) PHRASE: V inflects If you say that someone leads the field in a particular activity, you mean that they are better, more active, or more successful than everyone else who is involved in it.

When it comes to picking up awards they lead the field by miles.

18) PHRASE: V inflects If someone plays the field, they have a number of different romantic or sexual relationships. [INFORMAL]

He gave up playing the field and married a year ago.


English dictionary. 2008.

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