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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv afield off the subject; beyond the point at issue "such digressions can lead us too far afield"
    • adv afield in or into a field (especially a field of battle) "the armies were afield, challenging the enemy's advance","unlawful to carry hunting rifles afield until the season opens"
    • adv afield far away from home or one's usual surroundings "looking afield for new lands to conquer"- R.A.Hall"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Afield Out of the way; astray. "Why should he wander afield at the age of fifty-five!"
    • Afield To, in, or on the field. "We drove afield .""How jocund did they drive their team afield !"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • afield In or to the field or fields: as, “we drove a field,” Milton, Lycidas, l. 27; “Æneas is a field,”
    • afield Abroad; off the beaten path; far and wide.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adv Afield a-fēld′ to, in, or on the field.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. a-, + field,


In literature:

The mind flings far afield very rapidly!
"The White Invaders" by Raymond King Cummings
It was ambitious, and looked farther afield.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 6, No 2, August, 1864" by Various
Shepherds lay afield that night, to keep the silly sheep, Hosts of angels in their sight came down from heaven's high steep.
"In The Yule-Log Glow, Vol. IV (of IV)" by Harrison S. Morris
Only a few herds drove their cattle afield; and now and then the sharp bark of a dog broke the stillness.
"Sir Ludar" by Talbot Baines Reed
Such places are not usually frequented by men and boys who go afield for the purpose of shooting.
"The Bird Study Book" by Thomas Gilbert Pearson
Stane glanced further afield.
"A Mating in the Wilds" by Ottwell Binns
Why go so far afield to seek unity?
"The Mind and the Brain" by Alfred Binet
Into this he brings so many impertinent matters concerning reconstruction that he almost wanders afield.
"The Journal of Negro History, Volume 4, 1919" by Various
They come in wonderful hunting regalia and in all the wonderful splendor of the Britisher when he is afield.
"In Africa" by John T. McCutcheon
You will need to make frequent excursions afield, always taking your notebook.
"Bird Day; How to prepare for it" by Charles Almanzo Babcock
I wish Mr Manners wouldn't lead our lads so far afield.
"Will of the Mill" by George Manville Fenn
We'll club together and buy, you shall have good honest value, and then you can go farther afield.
"To Win or to Die" by George Manville Fenn
The subject is a very important one, but it leads us far afield from the present scheme.
"Spirit and Music" by H. Ernest Hunt
Tristan soon took his departure further afield, and left Albuquerque in command.
"Southern Arabia" by Theodore Bent
This was the "Fish Dinner" at Greenwich or Blackwall, or even so far afield as Gravesend.
"Fifteen Chapters of Autobiography" by George William Erskine Russell
I respect dogs much in the domestic circle; but on the highway, or sleeping afield, I both detest and fear them.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Among other amusements the young lord took to walking far afield with Mr. Peacocke.
"Dr. Wortle's School" by Anthony Trollope
We shall have to foot it, far afield, lad.
"Patsy" by S. R. Crockett
Yezd traders travel even much further afield, as far as China, India, Java.
"Across Coveted Lands" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
She must wander farther afield.
"How It All Came Round" by L. T. Meade

In poetry:

Upon her native soil,
She saw with throbbing pains,
The weary bondmen driven afield,
In manacles and chains.
"In Memory of Harriet Beecher Stowe" by George Hannibal Temple
Your picture, slung about my neck
The day we went afield,
Swung out before the trench;
It caught the eye of rank and file,
Who knew "The Colonel's Shield."
"The Colonel's Shield" by Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard
Where the tired ploughman his dun oxen turns,
Unyoked, afield, mid dewy grass to stray,
While over all the village church spire burns—
A shaft of flame in the last beams of day.
"Thanksgiving" by Kate Seymour Maclean
Oft did the harvest to their sickle yield,
Their furrow oft the stubborn glebe has broke;
How jocund did they drive their team afield!
How bow'd the woods beneath their sturdy stroke!
"Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" by Thomas Gray
Bonny Bess and rosy Kate
Are gone down through the gate,
Twain fairer are seldom afield;
And with each a handy fork,
They set cheerfully to work
At the drills which the potatoes yield.
"Autumn And Winter." by Samuel Bamford
Did you think long as I thought long before our hands might meet,
And are you glad as I am glad that here our wandering feet
Are stayed that might have strayed so far afield, and never met
On any kind November Eve, Margaret?
"The Dead Lovers" by Nora Jane Hopper Chesson

In news:

PHILADELPHIA – Defense lawyers complained Tuesday that the lengthy priest-abuse trial of a Roman Catholic church official has veered far afield from the original charges.
There's nothing more dangerous than spending an entire summer launching arrows at a single target and then heading afield with a false notion of preparedness.
Whitetail deer hunting is in full swing across the US and hunters big and small are finding success afield.
Novelists take readers as far afield as Victorian Scotland.
This is a bit far afield, but I found this story and photo sent in by Paul Pflanz, of Syracuse, to be quite interesting.
Many Valley grads look farther afield to enter work force.
Local students study in Sea of Cortez, U.K. Two area students spent January studying far afield as part of a special program through Linfield College.
) and as far afield as Seattle ( HONK .
Farther afield, the publisher of the.
Preservation Hall band ranges too far afield: Jazz album review.
Lonely Male Orangutans Travel Far Afield to Mate .
The Summit County Council is traveling far afield from the County Courthouse on Wednesday.
Chinese military able to operate far afield.
Hazards Afield Retrievers may confront any number of potentially dangerous situations.
The answer seems to be a resounding "yes," and the trend for convenience is propelling salad dressings far afield from their traditional role as a simple salad topper.

In science:

It was far aField from most of the rest of his work, about which you can learn by prowling through Physics Abstracts from the late 1940s to late 1950s and reading the papers (a web site, generously excavated for us by Jonathan Pritchard, has rather little).
Astrophysics in 2006