carried out or working in the natural environment, rather than in a laboratory or office:field observations and interviews (of military equipment) light and mobile for use on campaign:field artillery used in names of animals or plants found in the open country, rather than among buildings or as cultivated varieties, e.g.: field mouse. denoting a game played outdoors on a marked field.
1an area of open land, especially one planted with crops or pasture, typically bounded by hedges or fences:a wheat field a field of corn a piece of land used for a particular purpose, especially an area marked out for a game or sport:a football field a large area of land or water completely covered in a particular substance, especially snow or ice: an ice field an area rich in a natural product, typically oil or gas: a gas field a place where a subject of scientific study or of artistic representation can be observed in its natural location or context.
(usually the field
) an area which is or is to become the scene of a battle or campaign: a field of battle
archaic a battle:many a bloody field was to be fought 2a particular branch of study or sphere of activity or interest:we talked to professionals in various fields Computing a part of a record, representing an item of data. Linguistics
& Psychology a general area of meaning within which individual words make particular distinctions.
3a space or range within which objects are visible from a particular viewpoint or through a piece of apparatus. See also field of vision. 4
(usually the field
) all the participants in a contest or sport:he destroyed the rest of the field with a devastating injection of speed
Cricket fielders collectively, or the manner in which they are spread over the pitch:he sees the ball early and strokes it through the gap in the field 5 Physics the region in which a particular condition prevails, especially one in which a force or influence is effective regardless of the presence or absence of a material medium. the force exerted or potentially exerted in a field: the variation in the strength of the field 6 Mathematics a system subject to two binary operations analogous to those for the multiplication and addition of real numbers, and having similar commutative and distributive laws.
7 Heraldry the surface of an escutcheon or of one of its divisions. an area on a flag with a single background colour:fifty white stars on a blue field 1 [no object]
& Baseball attempt to catch or stop the ball and return it after it has been hit by the batsman or batter, thereby preventing runs being scored or base runners advancing.
[with object] catch or stop (the ball) and return it: his swinging bunt was fielded by the Chicago catcher 2 [with object] send out (a team or individual) to play in a game:Leeds fielded a team of youngsters (of a political party) put up (a candidate) to stand in an election:the Ecology party fielded 109 candidates deploy (an army):Russia was committed to fielding 800,000 men
3 [with object] deal with (a difficult question, telephone call, etc.).