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field

Definitions

  • American and French field artillery gun crews
    American and French field artillery gun crews
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v field select (a team or individual player) for a game "The Buckeyes fielded a young new quarterback for the Rose Bowl"
    • v field answer adequately or successfully "The lawyer fielded all questions from the press"
    • v field play as a fielder
    • v field catch or pick up (balls) in baseball or cricket
    • n field a particular kind of commercial enterprise "they are outstanding in their field"
    • n field a place where planes take off and land
    • n field the area that is visible (as through an optical instrument)
    • n field 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"
    • n field all the competitors in a particular contest or sporting event
    • n field all of the horses in a particular horse race
    • n field (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"
    • n field (computer science) a set of one or more adjacent characters comprising a unit of information
    • n field a region where a battle is being (or has been) fought "they made a tour of Civil War battlefields"
    • n field 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"
    • n field 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"
    • n field a piece of land cleared of trees and usually enclosed "he planted a field of wheat"
    • n field a piece of land prepared for playing a game "the home crowd cheered when Princeton took the field"
    • n field a geographic region (land or sea) under which something valuable is found "the diamond fields of South Africa"
    • n field extensive tract of level open land "they emerged from the woods onto a vast open plain","he longed for the fields of his youth"
    • n field the space around a radiating body within which its electromagnetic oscillations can exert force on another similar body not in contact with it
    • n field 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"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A Field Shanty 117 A Field Shanty 117
BILL NYE'S FIELD OF HISTORIC RESEARCH BILL NYE'S FIELD OF HISTORIC RESEARCH
Northcroft kicking the field goal anticipated by the Navy and feared by the Army Northcroft kicking the field goal anticipated by the Navy and feared by the Army
Cadets and Middies entering the field Cadets and Middies entering the field
AL. G. FIELD, COURT AND SCOTT AL. G. FIELD, COURT AND SCOTT
THE TREASURE HID IN A FIELD THE TREASURE HID IN A FIELD
IN THE HARVEST FIELDS NEAR SOFIA IN THE HARVEST FIELDS NEAR SOFIA
ELECTING A FIELD-CORNET ELECTING A FIELD-CORNET

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Soldier Field is the oldest field in the NFL
    • Field A collective term for all the competitors in any outdoor contest or trial, or for all except the favorites in the betting.
    • Field A piece of land of considerable size; esp., a piece inclosed for tillage or pasture. "Fields which promise corn and wine."
    • Field A place where a battle is fought; also, the battle itself. "In this glorious and well-foughten field .""What though the field be lost?"
    • Field An open space; an extent; an expanse.
    • Field An unresticted or favorable opportunity for action, operation, or achievement; province; room. "Afforded a clear field for moral experiments."
    • Field Any blank space or ground on which figures are drawn or projected.
    • Field Cleared land; land suitable for tillage or pasture; cultivated ground; the open country.
    • Field in a telescope or microscope, the entire space within which objects are seen.
    • Field (Baseball) That part of the grounds reserved for the players which is outside of the diamond; -- called also outfield.
    • Field The space covered by an optical instrument at one view.
    • Field (Her) The whole surface of an escutcheon; also, so much of it is shown unconcealed by the different bearings upon it. See Illust. of Fess, where the field is represented as gules (red), while the fess is argent (silver).
    • v. t Field (Ball Playing) To catch, stop, throw, etc. (the ball), as a fielder.
    • Field (Ball Playing) To stand out in the field, ready to catch, stop, or throw the ball.
    • Field To take the field.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The song "Strawberry Fields Forever" sung by the Beatles refers to an orphanage located in Liverpool
    • n field A piece of cleared or cultivated ground, or of land suitable for pasture or tillage; specifically, any part of a farm inclosed or set apart from the rest, as for a special use, except a garden, a wood-lot, or an orchard, and the appurtenances of the buildings: as, a wheat-field, or a field of potatoes.
    • n field Any piece of open ground set apart or used for a special purpose: as, ableaching-field.
    • n field Specifically In base-ball, cricket, and similar games: The ground on which the game is played; more specifically, in base-ball, that part of the ground on which the fielders play, and known as in-field, out-field, right-, center-, and left-field, according to the station of the corresponding players. See .
    • n field The fielders collectively: as, the work of the field was excellent. In base-ball the field includes all the players but the pitcher and catcher (who are also included when their work is similar to that of the other players, as distinct from their specific work as pitcher and catcher), and is divided into the in-field, the three basemen and the short-stop, and the out-field, the right-, center-, and left-fielders. See fielder.
    • n field Any continuous extent of surface considered as analogous to a level expanse of ground: as, a field of ice or snow. See ice-field.
    • n field Specifically The ground or blank space on which figures are drawn: as, the field or ground of a picture.
    • n field In numismatics, that part of the surface of a coin or medal which is left unoccupied by the main device (‘type’). The field is either left plain, or is filled with symbols or letters, which (except when they appear in the exergue) are described as being in the field, or in field.
    • n field In heraldry, the escutcheon, considered as a plane of a given tincture upon which the different bearings appear to be laid; also, when the escutcheon is divided by impalement or quartering, each division, as a quarter or the half divided pale wise, it being considered as the whole escutcheon with reference to that coat of arms. (See cut under shield.) In a flag the field is the ground of each division.
    • n field In entomology, a place, space, or area, as a division of the surface of a wing: as, the posterior of the discoidal field.
    • n field Any space or region; specifically, any region, open or covered with forests, considered with reference to its particular products or features; an extent of ground covered with or containing some special natural formation or production: as, diamond-, gold-, coal-, or oil- (petroleum-) fields.
    • n field A scene of operations; open space of any extent considered as a theater of action: as, researches in the field; the field of military operations; a hunting-field; the general's headquarters were in the field.
    • n field Specifically A battle-ground; the space on which a battle is or has been fought; hence, a battle; an action: as, the field of Waterloo; the field was held against all odds; to show how fields are lost and won.
    • n field The sphere or range of any connected series of actions; a subject or class of subjects concerning which observations or reflections are made; a class of connected objects toward which human energies are directed; the place where or that about which one busies himself: as, his field of operations was his counting-house; philology is an attractive field of research; a wide field of contemplation.
    • n field In physics, a portion of space considered as traversed by equipotential surfaces and lines of force, so that at every point of it a force would be exerted upon a particle placed there. This mode of expression and thought was originated by Faraday, and is applied chiefly to electric and magnetic forces. The intensity of a magnetic field is the force which a unit-pole will experience when placed in it.
    • n field In sporting: Those taking part in a hunt.
    • n field All the entries collectively against which a single contestant has to compete: as, to back a crew against the field
    • n field Specifically, all the contestants not individually favored in betting: as, to bet on the field in a horse-race.
    • n field To maintain one's ground against all comers.
    • field In baseball and cricket, to catch or stop and return to the necessary place: as, to field the ball.
    • field To take to the field; do anything in the field, as exploring, fighting, or searching for food.
    • field In base-ball and cricket, to act as a fielder. Also (in cricket) to fag out.
    • n field Specifically, in electric machines, that part of the structure in which the magnetic flux is excited. The electrical or mechanical power is produced by rotation of the armature in the magnetic field or of the magnetic field in the armature. See cuts under armature.
    • n field In mathematics, same as domain, 8.
    • field In chem. industries, to induce oxidation or other change by exposing to the air and solar heat. A term not in general use.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Actress Sally Field was paid $4,000 a week for her role in the TV show The Flying Nun
    • n Field fēld country or open country in general: a piece of ground enclosed for tillage or pasture: the range of any series of actions or energies: the locality of a battle: the battle itself: room for action of any kind: a wide expanse:
    • v.t Field at cricket and base-ball, to catch or stop and return to the fixed place
    • v.i Field to stand in positions so as to catch the ball easily in cricket
    • n Field fēld (her.) the surface of a shield: the background on which figures are drawn: the part of a coin left unoccupied by the main device: those taking part in a hunt: all the entries collectively against which a single contestant has to compete: all the parties not individually excepted, as 'to bet on the field' in a horse-race
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Quotations

  • Oliver Goldsmith
    Oliver%20Goldsmith
    “Surely the best way to meet the enemy is head on in the field and not wait till they plunder our very homes.”
  • Walter Payton
    Walter Payton
    “I want to be remembered as the guy who gave his all whenever he was on the field.”
  • Kahlil Gibran
    Kahlil%20Gibran
    “Your friend is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving.”
  • Arthur Schopenhauer
    Arthur%20Schopenhauer
    “Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.”
  • Wayne Dyer
    Wayne%20Dyer
    “Anything that has been accomplished by any other human being in the physical realm is within the field of possibility.”
  • Sparky Anderson
    Sparky Anderson
    “Success is the person who year after year reaches the highest limits in his field.”

Idioms

Be out in left field - (USA) To be out in left field is not to know what's going on. Taken from baseball, when youngsters assign less capable players to the outfield where the ball is less likely to be hit by a young player. In business, one might say, 'Don't ask the new manager; he's out in left field and doesn't know any answers yet.'
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Out of the left field - (USA) If something comes out of the left field, it is beside the point and has nothing to do with the matter being discussed.
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Play the field - Someone who plays the field dates or has sexual relationships with many people.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. feld, fild, AS. feld,; akin to D. veld, G. feld, Sw. fält, Dan. felt, Icel. fold, field of grass, AS. folde, earth, land, ground, OS. folda,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. feld; cf. Dut. veld, the open country, Ger. feld.

Usage

In literature:

Field guns, Natal Field artillery.
"History of the War in South Africa 1899-1902 v. 1 (of 4)" by Frederick Maurice
It had started with his experiments in Force Field 348, an experiment to observe the effects of heating a conductor in that field.
"Empire" by Clifford Donald Simak
Research in the Field of Original Nature 143 4.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
Baibars to destroy the Tartars on the field at the Well of Goliath.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
What numbers of men and women have been at work to get each soldier ready for the field.
"My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field" by Charles Carleton Coffin
The team I'm going to send into the field may be licked but it shan't be disgraced.
"Bert Wilson on the Gridiron" by J. W. Duffield
Back and forth across the wide field I drove, while the sun crawled slowly up the sky.
"A Son of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
He threw the book down and walked over it and went out to the cricket field.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
My friend is Helen Cameron and my name is Ruth Fielding.
"Ruth Fielding at Briarwood Hall" by Alice B. Emerson
Being now a field-officer, my name was placed on the roster of picket field-officers of the day.
"War from the Inside" by Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock
On from field to field, the line of gray followed in exultant pursuit.
"Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman" by J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
We don't have an open field runner in that crowd who can get away like you can.
"Interference and Other Football Stories" by Harold M. Sherman
Red Flight slid in on its home field, a sleek flight group in fine trim, except for one slight wound.
"A Yankee Flier Over Berlin" by Al Avery
My opponents yield me the field at once.
"Modern Painters Volume I (of V)" by John Ruskin
They resemble in their field and in the firm texture the Saraband rug, the palm-leaf design being arranged throughout the field.
"Rugs: Oriental and Occidental, Antique & Modern" by Rosa Belle Holt
Finally we came to a great trench which ran across the fields on either side of the road.
"The Note-Book of an Attache" by Eric Fisher Wood
Between Fielding and Thackeray the resemblance is closer.
"Hours in a Library" by Leslie Stephen
Still type-setting was no bright field for a person of his temperament.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
They found a table on the porch, looking out over Manila Bay and the great field called The Luneta.
"The Golden Skull" by John Blaine
The sky was as serene and calm as the sky over a Kansas wheat field or a kirk in Kerry County, Ireland.
"A Yankee Flier in Italy" by Rutherford G. Montgomery
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In poetry:

No man I meet
In field or house
Though in the street
A hundred pass.
"The End of Love" by Kathleen Raine
If in a field or tree
There might only be Such a warm soft sleeping-place
Found for me!
"A Chill" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Primrose and violet,
Your breeze-lit fields of rye…
Your golden sheaves forget—
Forget, or die.
"The Railroad" by Elizabeth Daryush
AISLINN
If He left
Your fields to the rain, He knows that you
Have a good roof and plenty under it.
"The Miracle Of The Corn" by Padraic Colum
This story only goes to show,
That when the fields is white wi' snow,
It's inadvisable to go…
'Uppards'
"Up'ards" by Marriott Edgar
To the fields in springtime
Picking violets
Did I come
So welcoming the fields
A single night I slept there.
"To the fields in springtime" by Yamabe no Akahito

In news:

How 'The Fielding Bible' views Red Sox in the field.
A team practices on one of two Vista Hermosa Sports Park soccer fields, where a Sunday evening theft of wiring knocked out the field lights.
Unfortunately, it is very challenging because of Yuma's lack of soccer fields (not to mention the lack of field lights so that we can play at night).
Sam Houston State 's Jessica Fisher has been named as 2007 Southland Conference Outstanding Outdoor Track and Field Women's Performer and as Southland Outdoor Track and Field Women's Freshman of the Year.
Michael Zamora/Caller-Times Second-grader Dos La Fuente kicks around on the field as he waits for his father to trim the field goal lines at the football stadium in Premont.
Players scrambled off the field as the grounds crew rushed to put a tarp over the field after a thunder strike and before a rain delay against the Minnesota Twins on July 8, 2012 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
Fleet Foxes -affiliated Unified Field Collective has announced the inaugural edition of its Unified Field literary journal, which will be released September 18.
Off-field problems and little on-field production have made for a frustrating season for freshman receiver.
Angels groundskeepers will open Angel Stadium for their annual canned food drive, allowing fans on the field to hit, pitch and field in exchange for a donation of food or money.
View north of Ivanpah Solar showing all three solar fields with heliostat installation complete in Solar Field One in the foreground.
The 6-foot-3, 260-pound mammoth was a member of the Serrano wrestling and track and field teams, but never could make his way out to the football field.
Garrett Hartley #5 of the New Orleans Saints reacts after missing a field goal late in a game as Jerel Worthy #99 of the Green Bay Packers runs past him in celebration at Lambeau Field on September 30, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Andrew Furney, K, Washington State: The kicker was absolutely nails in the Apple Cup, converting all three of his field goal attempts, including a 45-yard game-tying field goal late in the fourth and the game-winner in overtime.
Images courtesy of James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro released designs for a third and final phase of the High Line in NYC yesterday.
Lake Oswego's Griffin Graves misses field goal Lake Oswego junior kicker Griffin Graves misses a 32-yard field goal in the first quarter of the Class 6A state championship game against Sheldon.
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In science:

Rytchkov, “ UV/IR Mixing for Noncommutative Complex Scalar Field Theory, II (Interaction with Gauge Fields)”, hep-th/0003176.
Renormalization of noncommutative U(N) gauge theories
Schmitt, Functional of Classical Fields in Quantum Field Theory, Rev.
Large N limit of SO(N) gauge theory of fermions and bosons
Keywords: Heisenberg model; Effective Field; Random Field.
Heisenberg model in a random field: phase diagram and tricritical behavior
For the definition of F we recall the relation of the local behavior of the Random Field Kac model with the corresponding Random Field Curie-Weiss model.
One-dimensional random field Kac's model: localization of the phases
Foundations The optical field, in its most general form, is a vector field that consists of both electric and magnetic field components transverse to the direction of propagation.
Coronographic Methods for the Detection of Terrestrial Planets
For the perfect rotor and magnets the rotation will not produce the change of magnetic field around the rotor and no AC magnetic field will be generated.
Superconducting Flywheel Model for Energy Storage Applications
Gen., submitted Vasil’ev A N 2004 The Field Theoretic Renormalization Group in Critical Behavior Theory and Stochastic Dynamics (Boca Raton: Chapman & Hall/CRC). Zinn-Justin J 1989 Quantum Field Theory and Critical Phenomena (Oxford: Clarendon) Forster D, Nelson D R and Stephen M J 1977 Phys.
Effects of mixing and stirring on the critical behavior
New Representation For String Field Solves The Consistence Problem For Open Superstring Field, Nucl.
String Field Theory
Astrophysical Institute Potsdam (AIP) was trusted with the development of the prototype of the integral-field unit and issues concerning the data reduction. Section 2 of this paper summarizes the requirements for the field-unit.
Prototype development of the Integral-Field unit for VIRUS
Key words and phrases Spherical Random Fields, Spherical Harmonics, Characterization of Gaussian Random Fields.
Some characterizations of the spherical harmonics coefficients for isotropic random fields
The Random Field Curie–Weiss model The Lebowitz -Penrose theory,, is easy to prove for the Random Field Kac Model see, Theorem 2.2.
One-dimensional random field Kac's model: weak large deviations principle
In strong-weak field, there exist four types of subfields and their field sources.
Octonionic Strong and Weak Interactions and Their Quantum Equations
From the field source quantum equation T = 0, Eq.(15) in the strong-weak field can be described the second type of intermediate particles.
Octonionic Strong and Weak Interactions and Their Quantum Equations
In the Eq.(6) of strong-weak field, the Yang-Mills equation can be achieved when the field potential are limited to the components (a0, a1, a2, a3 ).
Octonionic Strong and Weak Interactions and Their Quantum Equations
In strong-weak field, the intermediate and field source particles can be tabled as following.
Octonionic Strong and Weak Interactions and Their Quantum Equations
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