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"
Adjacent words: fiducial | fiduciary | fiduciary duty | fiduciary relation | Fiedler | fief | fiefdom | field | field artillery | field balm | field bean | field bindweed | field brome | field capacity | field chamomile | field chickweed