field

This word has many meanings — such as a field of daffodils, a field of study, or a field of battle in a war. Think of a field as an area, either physically or subject-wise.

A type of business or area of study is a field. All the subjects you study in school are different fields of study. Baseball players field a ball, and you need nine players to field a team. All the horses in a race are the field. Your field of vision is what you can see. Researchers go into the field to collect data — for an education researcher, that’s a school. Most fields are specific areas of one sort or another.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: field

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n
extensive tract of level open land
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v
play as a fielder
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n
somewhere (away from a studio or office or library or laboratory) where practical work is done or data is collected
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n
a branch of knowledge
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n
all the competitors in a particular contest or sporting event
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n
(computer science) a set of one or more adjacent characters comprising a unit of information
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n
the area that is visible (as through an optical instrument)
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: field
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n extensive tract of level open land

“he longed for the fields of his youth”
Synonyms:
champaign, plain
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Olympia
a plain in Greece in the northwestern Peloponnese; the chief sanctuary of Zeus and the site of the original Olympian Games
Nullarbor Plain
a vast arid plain of southern Australia stretching inland from the Great Australian Bight; has sparse vegetation and no surface water and is almost uninhabited; the site of a major rocket research center
Serengeti Plain
a vast plain in Tanzania to the west of the Great Rift Valley known for its wildlife
Marston Moor
a former moor in northern England
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flat
a level tract of land
flood plain, floodplain
a low plain adjacent to a river that is formed chiefly of river sediment and is subject to flooding
llano
an extensive grassy and nearly treeless plain (especially in Latin America)
moor, moorland
open land usually with peaty soil covered with heather and bracken and moss
peneplain, peneplane
a more or less level land surface representing an advanced stage of erosion undisturbed by crustal movements
snowfield
a permanent wide expanse of snow
steppe
extensive plain without trees (associated with eastern Russia and Siberia)
tundra
a vast treeless plain in the Arctic regions where the subsoil is permanently frozen
alluvial flat, alluvial plain
a flat resulting from repeated deposits of alluvial material by running water
salt flat, salt plain
a flat expanse of salt left by the evaporation of a body of salt water
Type of:
dry land, earth, ground, land, solid ground, terra firma
the solid part of the earth's surface

n a piece of land cleared of trees and usually enclosed

“he planted a field of wheat”
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curtilage, grounds, yard
the enclosed land around a house or other building
campus
a field on which the buildings of a university are situated
firebreak, fireguard
a narrow field that has been cleared to check the spread of a prairie fire or forest fire
grain field, grainfield
a field where grain is grown
lawn
a field of cultivated and mowed grass
paddy, paddy field, rice paddy
an irrigated or flooded field where rice is grown
backyard
the grounds in back of a house
dooryard
a yard outside the front or rear door of a house
front yard
the yard in front of a house; between the house and the street
garden
a yard or lawn adjoining a house
playground
yard consisting of an outdoor area for children's play
side yard
the grounds at either side of a house
corn field, cornfield
a field planted with corn
wheat field, wheatfield
a field planted with wheat
Type of:
parcel, parcel of land, piece of ground, piece of land, tract
an extended area of land

n a geographic region (land or sea) under which something valuable is found

“the diamond fields of South Africa”
Types:
coalfield
a region where there is coal underground
gasfield
a region where there is natural gas underground
oilfield
a region rich in petroleum deposits (especially one with producing oil wells)
Type of:
geographic area, geographic region, geographical area, geographical region
a demarcated area of the Earth

n a region in which active military operations are in progress

“the army was in the field awaiting action”
Synonyms:
field of operations, theater, theater of operations, theatre, theatre of operations
Type of:
region
a large indefinite location on the surface of the Earth

n a region where a battle is being (or has been) fought

Synonyms:
battlefield, battleground, field of battle, field of honor
Examples:
Armageddon
(New Testament) the scene of the final battle between the kings of the Earth at the end of the world
Camlan
(Arthurian legend) the battlefield where King Arthur was mortally wounded
Type of:
parcel, parcel of land, piece of ground, piece of land, tract
an extended area of land

n a place where planes take off and land

Synonyms:
airfield, flying field, landing field
Examples:
Kennedy International Airport
a large airport on Long Island to the east of New York City
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aerodrome, airdrome, airport, drome
an airfield equipped with control tower and hangars as well as accommodations for passengers and cargo
airstrip, flight strip, landing strip, strip
an airfield without normal airport facilities
auxiliary airfield
an airfield that functions in a subsidiary capacity
flare path
an airstrip outline with lights to guide an airplane pilot in landing
heliport
an airport for helicopters
Type of:
facility, installation
a building or place that provides a particular service or is used for a particular industry

n a piece of land prepared for playing a game

“the home crowd cheered when Princeton took the field
Synonyms:
athletic field, playing area, playing field
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arena, scene of action
a playing field where sports events take place
ball field, baseball field, diamond
the baseball playing field
court
a specially marked horizontal area within which a game is played
football field, gridiron
the playing field on which football is played
palaestra, palestra
a public place in ancient Greece or Rome devoted to the training of wrestlers and other athletes
bowling green
a field of closely mowed turf for playing bowls
badminton court
the court on which badminton is played
basketball court
the court on which basketball is played
circus
an arena consisting of an oval or circular area enclosed by tiers of seats and usually covered by a tent
handball court
the court on which handball is played
piste
a flat rectangular area for fencing bouts
squash court
the indoor court in which squash is played
tennis court
the court on which tennis is played
volleyball court
the court on which volleyball is played
Type of:
parcel, parcel of land, piece of ground, piece of land, tract
an extended area of land

n the space around a radiating body within which its electromagnetic oscillations can exert force on another similar body not in contact with it

Synonyms:
field of force, force field
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electric field
a field of force surrounding a charged particle
gravitational field
a field of force surrounding a body of finite mass
flux, magnetic field, magnetic flux
the lines of force surrounding a permanent magnet or a moving charged particle
radiation field
a field that represents the energy lost from the radiator to space
electrostatic field
electric field associated with static electric charges
magnetosphere
the magnetic field of a planet; the volume around the planet in which charged particles are subject more to the planet's magnetic field than to the solar magnetic field
solar magnetic field
the magnetic field of the sun
Type of:
physical phenomenon
a natural phenomenon involving the physical properties of matter and energy
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v play as a fielder

Type of:
play
participate in games or sport

v select (a team or individual player) for a game

“The Buckeyes fielded a young new quarterback for the Rose Bowl”
Type of:
choose, pick out, select, take
pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives

v catch or pick up (balls) in baseball or cricket

Type of:
handle, palm
touch, lift, or hold with the hands

v answer adequately or successfully

“The lawyer fielded all questions from the press”
Type of:
answer, reply, respond
react verbally
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n 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
Type of:
region
a large indefinite location on the surface of the Earth
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n a branch of knowledge

Synonyms:
bailiwick, discipline, field of study, study, subject, subject area, subject field
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occultism
the study of the supernatural
communication theory, communications
the discipline that studies the principles of transmiting information and the methods by which it is delivered (as print or radio or television etc.)
major
the principal field of study of a student at a university
frontier
an undeveloped field of study; a topic inviting research and development
genealogy
the study or investigation of ancestry and family history
allometry
the study of the relative growth of a part of an organism in relation to the growth of the whole
bibliotics
the scientific study of documents and handwriting etc. especially to determine authorship or authenticity
ology
an informal word (abstracted from words with this ending) for some unidentified branch of knowledge
science, scientific discipline
a particular branch of scientific knowledge
architecture
the discipline dealing with the principles of design and construction and ornamentation of fine buildings
applied science, engineering, engineering science, technology
the discipline dealing with the art or science of applying scientific knowledge to practical problems
futuristics, futurology
the study or prediction of future developments on the basis of existing conditions
arts, humanistic discipline, humanities, liberal arts
studies intended to provide general knowledge and intellectual skills (rather than occupational or professional skills)
divinity, theology
the rational and systematic study of religion and its influences and of the nature of religious truth
military science
the discipline dealing with the principles of warfare
escapology
the study of methods of escaping (especially as a form of entertainment)
graphology
the study of handwriting (especially as an indicator of the writer's character or disposition)
numerology
the study of the supposed occult influence of numbers on human affairs
protology
the study of origins and first things
theogony
the study of the origins and genealogy of the gods
natural history
the scientific study of plants or animals (more observational than experimental) usually published in popular magazines rather than in academic journals
symbology
the study or the use of symbols and symbolism
natural science
the sciences involved in the study of the physical world and its phenomena
math, mathematics, maths
a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement
agronomy, scientific agriculture
the application of soil and plant sciences to land management and crop production
agrobiology
the study of plant nutrition and growth especially as a way to increase crop yield
agrology
science of soils in relation to crops
architectonics, tectonics
the science of architecture
landscape architecture
the branch of architecture dealing with the arrangement of land and buildings for human use and enjoyment
urban planning
the branch of architecture dealing with the design and organization of urban space and activities
interior design
the branch of architecture dealing with the selection and organization of furnishings for an architectural interior
metallurgy
the science and technology of metals
aeronautical engineering
the branch of engineering science concerned with the design and construction of aircraft
bionics
application of biological principles to the study and design of engineering systems (especially electronic systems)
bioengineering, biotechnology, ergonomics
the branch of engineering science in which biological science is used to study the relation between workers and their environments
chemical engineering
the branch of engineering that is concerned with the design and construction and operation of the plants and machinery used in industrial chemical processes
civil engineering
the branch of engineering concerned with the design and construction of such public works as dams or bridges
EE, electrical engineering
the branch of engineering science that studies the uses of electricity and the equipment for power generation and distribution and the control of machines and communication
computer science, computing
the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures
architectural engineering
the branch of engineering that deals with the construction of buildings (as distinguished from architecture as a design art)
industrial engineering, industrial management
the branch of engineering that deals with the creation and management of systems that integrate people and materials and energy in productive ways
IT, information technology
the branch of engineering that deals with the use of computers and telecommunications to retrieve and store and transmit information
mechanical engineering
the branch of engineering that deals with the design and construction and operation of machinery
nanotechnology
the branch of engineering that deals with things smaller than 100 nanometers (especially with the manipulation of individual molecules)
nuclear engineering
the branch of engineering concerned with the design and construction and operation of nuclear reactors
naval engineering
the branch of engineering that deals with the design and construction and operation of ships
rocketry
the branch of engineering science that studies rocket design and operation
metrology
the scientific study of measurement
nutrition
the scientific study of food and drink (especially in humans)
psychological science, psychology
the science of mental life
IP, informatics, information processing, information science
the sciences concerned with gathering, manipulating, storing, retrieving, and classifying recorded information
cognitive science
the field of science concerned with cognition; includes parts of cognitive psychology and linguistics and computer science and cognitive neuroscience and philosophy of mind
social science
the branch of science that studies society and the relationships of individual within a society
strategics
the science or art of strategy
systematics
the science of systematic classification
thanatology
the branch of science that studies death (especially its social and psychological aspects)
neoclassicism
revival of a classical style (in art or literature or architecture or music) but from a new perspective or with a new motivation
classicalism, classicism
a movement in literature and art during the 17th and 18th centuries in Europe that favored rationality and restraint and strict forms
Romantic Movement, Romanticism
a movement in literature and art during the late 18th and early 19th centuries that celebrated nature rather than civilization
English
the discipline that studies the English language and literature
history
the discipline that records and interprets past events involving human beings
art history
the academic discipline that studies the development of painting and sculpture
chronology
the determination of the actual temporal sequence of past events
beaux arts, fine arts
the study and creation of visual works of art
performing arts
arts or skills that require public performance
Occidentalism
the scholarly knowledge of western cultures and languages and people
Oriental Studies, Orientalism
the scholarly knowledge of Asian cultures and languages and people
philosophy
the rational investigation of questions about existence and knowledge and ethics
literary study
the humanistic study of literature
library science
the study of the principles and practices of library administration
linguistics, philology
the humanistic study of language and literature
musicology
the scholarly and scientific study of music
Sinology
the study of Chinese history and language and culture
stemmatics, stemmatology
the humanistic discipline that attempts to reconstruct the transmission of a text (especially a text in manuscript form) on the basis of relations between the various surviving manuscripts (sometimes using cladistic analysis)
trivium
(Middle Ages) an introductory curriculum at a medieval university involving grammar and logic and rhetoric; considered to be a triple way to eloquence
quadrivium
(Middle Ages) a higher division of the curriculum in a medieval university involving arithmetic and music and geometry and astronomy
cryptanalysis, cryptanalytics, cryptography, cryptology
the science of analyzing and deciphering codes and ciphers and cryptograms
linguistics
the scientific study of language
angelology
the branch of theology that is concerned with angels
apologetics
the branch of theology that is concerned with the defense of Christian doctrines
ecclesiology
the branch of theology concerned with the nature and the constitution and the functions of a church
eschatology
the branch of theology that is concerned with such final things as death and Last Judgment; Heaven and Hell; the ultimate destiny of humankind
hermeneutics
the branch of theology that deals with principles of exegesis
homiletics
the branch of theology that deals with sermons and homilies
liturgics, liturgiology
the study of liturgies
theodicy
the branch of theology that defends God's goodness and justice in the face of the existence of evil
tactics
the branch of military science dealing with detailed maneuvers to achieve objectives set by strategy
strategy
the branch of military science dealing with military command and the planning and conduct of a war
Type of:
domain, knowledge base, knowledge domain
the content of a particular field of knowledge

n a particular environment or walk of life

Synonyms:
area, arena, domain, orbit, sphere
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distaff
the sphere of work by women
front
a sphere of activity involving effort
kingdom, land, realm
a domain in which something is dominant
lap
an area of control or responsibility
political arena, political sphere
a sphere of intense political activity
preserve
a domain that seems to be specially reserved for someone
province, responsibility
the proper sphere or extent of your activities
lotus land, lotusland
an idyllic realm of contentment and self-indulgence
lap of the gods
beyond human control or responsibility
ecclesiastical province
the district within the jurisdiction of an archbishop or a metropolitan or one of the territorial divisions of an ecclesiastical order
Type of:
environment
the totality of surrounding conditions

n a particular kind of commercial enterprise

“they are outstanding in their field
Synonyms:
field of operation, line of business
Type of:
business, business enterprise, commercial enterprise
the activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects
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n all the competitors in a particular contest or sporting event

Type of:
set
a group of things of the same kind that belong together and are so used

n all of the horses in a particular horse race

Type of:
set
a group of things of the same kind that belong together and are so used
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n (computer science) a set of one or more adjacent characters comprising a unit of information

Types:
bit field
a field containing only binary characters
Type of:
set
a group of things of the same kind that belong together and are so used

n (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
Types:
scalar field
a field of scalars
Type of:
set
(mathematics) an abstract collection of numbers or symbols
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n the area that is visible (as through an optical instrument)

Synonyms:
field of view
Types:
microscopic field
the areas that is visible through a microscope
operative field
the area that is open during surgery
Type of:
visual image, visual percept
a percept that arises from the eyes; an image in the visual system
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