Definition of


  1. (noun, location) a piece of land cleared of trees and usually enclosed
  2. (noun, location) a region where a battle is being (or has been) fought
  3. (noun, location) somewhere (away from a studio or office or library or laboratory) where practical work is done or data is collected
  4. (noun, cognition) a branch of knowledge
    teachers should be well trained in their subject
    anthropology is the study of human beings
  5. (noun, phenomenon) the space around a radiating body within which its electromagnetic oscillations can exert force on another similar body not in contact with it
  6. (noun, act) a particular kind of commercial enterprise
  7. (noun, state) a particular environment or walk of life
    it was a closed area of employment
    he's out of my orbit
  8. (noun, location) a piece of land prepared for playing a game
  9. (noun, object) extensive tract of level open land
    he longed for the fields of his youth
  10. (noun, group) (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
  11. (noun, location) a region in which active military operations are in progress
    he served in the Vietnam theater for three years
  12. (noun, group) all of the horses in a particular horse race
  13. (noun, group) all the competitors in a particular contest or sporting event
  14. (noun, location) a geographic region (land or sea) under which something valuable is found
  15. (noun, group) (computer science) a set of one or more adjacent characters comprising a unit of information
  16. (noun, cognition) the area that is visible (as through an optical instrument)
  17. (noun, artifact) a place where planes take off and land
  18. (verb, competition) catch or pick up (balls) in baseball or cricket
  19. (verb, competition) play as a fielder
  20. (verb, communication) answer adequately or successfully
  21. (verb, cognition) select (a team or individual player) for a game

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Alternate forms of Field

Derivations: field, fielder, fielding

Hyponyms: aerodrome, airdrome, airport, airstrip, allometry, applied science, architecture, arena, arts, auxiliary airfield, ball field, baseball field, bibliotics, bit field, bowling green, campus, coalfield, communication theory, communications, court, curtilage, diamond, distaff, divinity, drome, electric field, engineering, engineering science, escapology, firebreak, fireguard, flat, flight strip, flood plain, floodplain, flux, football field, front, frontier, futuristics, futurology, gasfield, genealogy, grain field, grainfield, graphology, gravitational field, gridiron, grounds, humanistic discipline, humanities, kingdom, land, landing strip, lap, lawn, liberal arts, llano, magnetic field, magnetic flux, major, microscopic field, military science, moor, moorland, numerology, occultism, oilfield, ology, operative field, paddy, paddy field, palaestra, palestra, peneplain, peneplane, political arena, political sphere, preserve, protology, province, radiation field, realm, responsibility, rice paddy, scalar field, scene of action, science, scientific discipline, snowfield, steppe, strip, technology, theogony, theology, tundra, yard

Hypernyms: answer, business, business enterprise, choose, commercial enterprise, domain, dry land, earth, environment, facility, geographic area, geographic region, geographical area, geographical region, ground, handle, installation, knowledge base, knowledge domain, land, palm, parcel, parcel of land, physical phenomenon, pick out, piece of ground, piece of land, play, region, reply, respond, select, set, solid ground, take, terra firma, tract, visual image, visual percept

Origin of the word Field

  1. O.E. feld "plain, open land" (as opposed to woodland), also "a parcel of land marked off and used for pasture or tillage," probably related to O.E. folde "earth, land," from P.Gmc. *felthuz "flat land," from PIE *pel(e)-tu-, from base *pele- "flat, to spread" (cf. L. planus "flat, level," O.C.S. polje "field;" see plane (1)). Com… more

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