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1 a piece of land cleared of trees and usually enclosed; "he planted a field of wheat"
2 a region where a battle is being (or has been) fought; "they made a tour of Civil War battlefields" [syn: battlefield, battleground, field of battle, field of honor]
3 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 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" [syn: discipline, subject, subject area, subject field, field of study, study, bailiwick, branch of knowledge]
5 the space around a radiating body within which its electromagnetic oscillations can exert force on another similar body not in contact with it [syn: field of force, force field]
6 a particular kind of commercial enterprise; "they are outstanding in their field" [syn: field of operation, line of business]
7 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" [syn: sphere, domain, area, orbit, arena]
8 a piece of land prepared for playing a game; "the home crowd cheered when Princeton took the field" [syn: playing field, athletic field, playing area]
9 extensive tract of level open land; "they emerged from the woods onto a vast open plain"; "he longed for the fields of his youth" [syn: plain, champaign]
10 (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 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" [syn: field of operations, theater, theater of operations, theatre, theatre of operations]
12 all of the horses in a particular horse race
13 all the competitors in a particular contest or sporting event
14 a geographic region (land or sea) under which something valuable is found; "the diamond fields of South Africa"
15 (computer science) a set of one or more adjacent characters comprising a unit of information
16 the area that is visible (as through an optical instrument) [syn: field of view]
17 a place where planes take off and land [syn: airfield, landing field, flying field]


1 catch or pick up (balls) in baseball or cricket
2 play as a fielder
3 answer adequately or successfully; "The lawyer fielded all questions from the press"
4 select (a team or individual player) for a game; "The Patriots fielded a young new quarterback for the Rose Bowl"

User Contributed Dictionary



feld, from ; related to planus and English floor



  1. A land area free of woodland, cities, and towns; open country.
  2. A wide, open space that is usually used to grow crops or to hold farm animals.
  3. The open country near or belonging to a city -- usually used in plural.
  4. A region affected by a particular force.
    magnetic field
  5. A course of study or domain of knowledge or practice.
  6. 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.
    The set of rational numbers, \mathbb, is the prototypical field.
  7. An area reserved for playing a game.
    soccer field
  8. A region containing a particular mineral.
    oil field or oilfield
    gold field or goldfield
  9. The background of the shield
  10. An area of memory or storage reserved for a particular value.


  • (course of study or domain of knowledge): area, domain, sphere
  • (sports: area reserved for playing a game): course (for golf), court (for racquet sports), ground, pitch (for soccer, rugby, cricket)
land area free of woodland, cities, and towns; open country
  • Albanian: fushë
  • Croatian: polje
  • Portuguese: campo
  • Swedish: fält
wide, open space that is usually used to grow crops or to hold farm animals
physics: region affected by a particular force
  • Albanian: fushë
  • Chinese: 範圍 fanwei
  • Croatian: polje
  • Czech: pole
  • Danish: felt
  • Dutch: veld
  • Estonian: väli
  • Finnish: kenttä
  • French: champ
  • German: Feld
  • Hebrew: שׁדה (Śadeh)
  • Hungarian: mező
  • Italian: campo
  • Norwegian: felt
  • Polish: pole
  • Portuguese: campo
  • Romanian: câmp
  • Russian: поле
  • Scottish Gaelic: raon
  • Slovene: polje
  • Spanish: campo
  • Swedish: fält
course of study or domain of knowledge or practice
  • Albanian: fushë
  • Chinese: 領域 lingyu
  • Croatian: polje
  • Danish: felt, område
  • Dutch: gebied
  • Estonian: ala, valdkond, tegevusväli, tegevusala
  • Finnish: ala
  • French: champ
  • German: Feld, Gebiet, Bereich
  • Italian: campo, ambito
  • Norwegian: fagfelt, felt
  • Portuguese: campo, domínio, terreno
  • Russian: область
  • Scottish Gaelic: raon
  • Slovene: disciplina
  • Spanish: terreno
  • Swedish: fält
in mathematics
  • Albanian: sferë, fushë
  • Croatian: polje
  • Czech: pole
  • Dutch: lichaam
  • Estonian: korpus
  • Finnish: kunta
  • French: corps
  • German: Körper
  • Greek: σώμα (sóma)
  • Portuguese: corpo
  • Slovene: obseg
  • Swedish: kropp
sports: area reserved for playing a game
geology: region containing a particular mineral
heraldry: background of the shield
  • Danish: felt
computing: area of memory or storage reserved for a particular value
  • Croatian: polje
  • Finnish: alue
  • Italian: campo
  • Swedish: fält


  1. In the context of "transitive|sport": To intercept or catch (a ball) and play it.
  2. In the context of "transitive|sport}} To place a team in (a game).

Extensive Definition

Field or fields may refer to:

Science and mathematics

Sociology and politics

  • Field (Bourdieu), a sociological term coined by Pierre Bourdieu to describe the system of objective relations constituted by various species of capital
  • Field Department, the division of political campaigns tasked with organizing local volunteers and directly contacting voters

Other technical uses


* Hartry Field, (b. 1946), a philosopher working at New York University

Place names


Brand names

field in Bulgarian: Поле
field in Czech: Pole
field in German: Feld
field in Modern Greek (1453-): Πεδίο
field in Estonian: Väli (täpsustus)
field in French: Field
field in Croatian: Polje
field in Italian: Campo
field in Japanese: フィールド
field in Lithuanian: Laukas
field in Dutch: Veld
field in Polish: Pole
field in Russian: Поле
field in Simple English: Field
field in Slovak: Pole
field in Chinese: 场

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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