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.

Definitions of field
  1. noun
    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
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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
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    dry land, earth, ground, land, solid ground, terra firma
    the solid part of the earth's surface
  2. noun
    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
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    parcel, parcel of land, piece of ground, piece of land, tract
    an extended area of land
  3. noun
    a geographic region (land or sea) under which something valuable is found
    “the diamond fields of South Africa”
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    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)
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    geographic area, geographic region, geographical area, geographical region
    a demarcated area of the Earth
  4. noun
    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
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    region
    a large indefinite location on the surface of the Earth
  5. noun
    a region where a battle is being (or has been) fought
    synonyms: battlefield, battleground, field of battle, field of honor
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    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
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    parcel, parcel of land, piece of ground, piece of land, tract
    an extended area of land
  6. noun
    a place where planes take off and land
    synonyms: airfield, flying field, landing field
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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
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    facility, installation
    a building or place that provides a particular service or is used for a particular industry
  7. noun
    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
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    parcel, parcel of land, piece of ground, piece of land, tract
    an extended area of land
  8. noun
    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
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    physical phenomenon
    a natural phenomenon involving the physical properties of matter and energy
  9. verb
    play as a fielder
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    play
    participate in games or sport
  10. verb
    select (a team or individual player) for a game
    “The Buckeyes fielded a young new quarterback for the Rose Bowl”
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    choose, pick out, select, take
    pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives
  11. verb
    catch or pick up (balls) in baseball or cricket
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    handle, palm
    touch, lift, or hold with the hands
  12. verb
    answer adequately or successfully
    “The lawyer fielded all questions from the press”
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    answer, reply, respond
    react verbally
  13. noun
    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
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    region
    a large indefinite location on the surface of the Earth
  14. noun
    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
    aerospace
    the branch of science related to space flight and aviation
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    domain, knowledge base, knowledge domain
    the content of a particular field of knowledge
  15. noun
    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
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    environment
    the totality of surrounding conditions
  16. noun
    a particular kind of commercial enterprise
    “they are outstanding in their field
    synonyms: field of operation, line of business
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    business, business enterprise, commercial enterprise
    the activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects
  17. noun
    all the competitors in a particular contest or sporting event
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    set
    a group of things of the same kind that belong together and are so used
  18. noun
    all of the horses in a particular horse race
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    set
    a group of things of the same kind that belong together and are so used
  19. noun
    (computer science) a set of one or more adjacent characters comprising a unit of information
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    bit field
    a field containing only binary characters
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    set
    a group of things of the same kind that belong together and are so used
  20. noun
    (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
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    scalar field
    a field of scalars
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    set
    (mathematics) an abstract collection of numbers or symbols
  21. noun
    the area that is visible (as through an optical instrument)
    synonyms: field of view
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    microscopic field
    the areas that is visible through a microscope
    operative field
    the area that is open during surgery
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    visual image, visual percept
    a percept that arises from the eyes; an image in the visual system
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