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FIELD

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does field mean? 

FIELD (noun)
  The noun FIELD has 17 senses:

1. a piece of land cleared of trees and usually enclosed
2. a region where a battle is being (or has been) fought
3. somewhere (away from a studio or office or library or laboratory) where practical work is done or data is collected
4. a 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
6. a particular kind of commercial enterprise
7. a particular environment or walk of life
8. a piece of land prepared for playing a game
9. extensive tract of level open land
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
11. a region in which active military operations are in progress
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
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)
17. a place where planes take off and land

  Familiarity information: FIELD used as a noun is very familiar.


FIELD (verb)
  The verb FIELD has 4 senses:

1. catch or pick up (balls) in baseball or cricket
2. play as a fielder
3. answer adequately or successfully
4. select (a team or individual player) for a game

  Familiarity information: FIELD used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


FIELD (noun)


Sense 1field [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A piece of land cleared of trees and usually enclosed

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Context example:

he planted a field of wheat

Hypernyms ("field" is a kind of...):

parcel; parcel of land; piece of ground; piece of land; tract (an extended area of land)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "field"):

paddy; paddy field; rice paddy (an irrigated or flooded field where rice is grown)

lawn (a field of cultivated and mowed grass)

grain field; grainfield (a field where grain is grown)

firebreak; fireguard (a narrow field that has been cleared to check the spread of a prairie fire or forest fire)

campus (a field on which the buildings of a university are situated)

curtilage; grounds; yard (the enclosed land around a house or other building)


Sense 2field [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Synonyms:

field of battle; battleground; battlefield; field; field of honor

Context example:

they made a tour of Civil War battlefields

Hypernyms ("field" is a kind of...):

parcel; parcel of land; piece of ground; piece of land; tract (an extended area of land)

Meronyms (parts of "field"):

sector (a portion of a military position)

battlefront; front; front line (the line along which opposing armies face each other)

Instance hyponyms:

Camlan ((Arthurian legend) the battlefield where King Arthur was mortally wounded)

Armageddon ((New Testament) the scene of the final battle between the kings of the Earth at the end of the world)


Sense 3field [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Somewhere (away from a studio or office or library or laboratory) where practical work is done or data is collected

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Context example:

anthropologists do much of their work in the field

Hypernyms ("field" is a kind of...):

region (a large indefinite location on the surface of the Earth)


Sense 4field [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A branch of knowledge

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

branch of knowledge; discipline; field of study; subject field; subject area; bailiwick; subject; field; study

Context examples:

in what discipline is his doctorate? / teachers should be well trained in their subject / anthropology is the study of human beings

Hypernyms ("field" is a kind of...):

knowledge base; knowledge domain (the content of a particular domain or field of knowledge)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "field"):

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)

applied science; engineering; engineering science; technology (the discipline dealing with the art or science of applying scientific knowledge to practical problems)

architecture (the discipline dealing with the principles of design and construction and ornamentation of fine buildings)

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)


Sense 5field [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural phenomena

Synonyms:

field of force; force field; field

Hypernyms ("field" is a kind of...):

physical phenomenon (a natural phenomenon involving the physics of matter and energy)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "field"):

radiation field (a field that represents the energy lost from the radiator to space)

flux; magnetic field; magnetic flux (the lines of force surrounding a permanent magnet or a moving charged particle)

gravitational field (a field of force surrounding a body of finite mass)

electric field (a field of force surrounding a charged particle)


Sense 6field [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A particular kind of commercial enterprise

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

field of operation; line of business; field

Context example:

they are outstanding in their field

Hypernyms ("field" is a kind of...):

business; business enterprise; commercial enterprise (the activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects)


Sense 7field [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A particular environment or walk of life

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

sphere; domain; arena; orbit; area; field

Context examples:

his social sphere is limited / it was a closed area of employment / he's out of my orbit

Hypernyms ("field" is a kind of...):

environment (the totality of surrounding conditions)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "field"):

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)


Sense 8field [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A piece of land prepared for playing a game

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Synonyms:

playing area; athletic field; playing field; field

Context example:

the home crowd cheered when Princeton took the field

Hypernyms ("field" is a kind of...):

parcel; parcel of land; piece of ground; piece of land; tract (an extended area of land)

Meronyms (parts of "field"):

midfield ((sports) the middle part of a playing field (as in football or lacrosse))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "field"):

bowling green (a field of closely mowed turf for playing bowls)

palaestra; palestra (a public place in ancient Greece or Rome devoted to the training of wrestlers and other athletes)

football field; gridiron (the playing field on which football is played)

court (a specially marked horizontal area within which a game is played)

ball field; baseball field; diamond (the baseball playing field)

arena; scene of action (a playing field where sports events take place)

Holonyms ("field" is a part of...):

arena; bowl; sports stadium; stadium (a large structure for open-air sports or entertainments)


Sense 9field [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Extensive tract of level open land

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Synonyms:

plain; champaign; field

Context examples:

they emerged from the woods onto a vast open plain / he longed for the fields of his youth

Hypernyms ("field" is a kind of...):

dry land; earth; ground; land; solid ground; terra firma (the solid part of the earth's surface)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "field"):

tundra (a vast treeless plain in the arctic regions between the ice cap and the tree line)

steppe (extensive plain without trees (associated with eastern Russia and Siberia))

snowfield (a permanent wide expanse of snow)

peneplain; peneplane (a more or less level land surface representing and advanced stage of erosion undisturbed by crustal movements)

moor; moorland (open land usually with peaty soil covered with heather and bracken and moss)

llano (an extensive grassy and nearly treeless plain (especially in Latin America))

flood plain; floodplain (a low plain adjacent to a river that is formed chiefly of river sediment and is subject to flooding)

flat (a level tract of land)

Instance hyponyms:

Serengeti; Serengeti Plain (a vast plain in Tanzania west of the Great Rift Valley known for its wildlife)

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)

Olympia (a plain in Greece in the northwestern Peloponnese; the chief sanctuary of Zeus and the site of the original Olympian Games)


Sense 10field [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Context example:

the set of all rational numbers is a field

Hypernyms ("field" is a kind of...):

set ((mathematics) an abstract collection of numbers or symbols)

Domain category:

math; mathematics; maths (a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "field"):

scalar field (a field of scalars)


Sense 11field [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A region in which active military operations are in progress

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Synonyms:

theatre of operations; theater of operations; field of operations; theater; theatre; field

Context examples:

the army was in the field awaiting action / he served in the Vietnam theater for three years

Hypernyms ("field" is a kind of...):

region (a large indefinite location on the surface of the Earth)

Meronyms (parts of "field"):

combat area; combat zone (a military area where combat forces operate)

Domain category:

armed forces; armed services; military; military machine; war machine (the military forces of a nation)

Holonyms ("field" is a part of...):

theater of war; theatre of war (the entire land, sea, and air area that may become or is directly involved in war operations)


Sense 12field [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

All of the horses in a particular horse race

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Hypernyms ("field" is a kind of...):

set (a group of things of the same kind that belong together and are so used)

Domain category:

horse racing (the sport of racing horses)


Sense 13field [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

All the competitors in a particular contest or sporting event

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Hypernyms ("field" is a kind of...):

set (a group of things of the same kind that belong together and are so used)


Sense 14field [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Context example:

the diamond fields of South Africa

Hypernyms ("field" is a kind of...):

geographic area; geographic region; geographical area; geographical region (a demarcated area of the Earth)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "field"):

oilfield (a region rich in petroleum deposits (especially one with producing oil wells))

gasfield (a region where there is natural gas underground)

coalfield (a region where there is coal underground)


Sense 15field [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(computer science) a set of one or more adjacent characters comprising a unit of information

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Hypernyms ("field" is a kind of...):

set (a group of things of the same kind that belong together and are so used)

Domain category:

computer science; computing (the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "field"):

bit field (a field containing only binary characters)


Sense 16field [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The area that is visible (as through an optical instrument)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

field of view; field

Hypernyms ("field" is a kind of...):

visual image; visual percept (a percept that arises from the eyes; an image in the visual system)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "field"):

operative field (the area that is open during surgery)

microscopic field (the areas that is visible through a microscope)


Sense 17field [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A place where planes take off and land

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

airfield; flying field; landing field; field

Hypernyms ("field" is a kind of...):

facility; installation (a building or place that provides a particular service or is used for a particular industry)

Meronyms (parts of "field"):

apron (a paved surface where aircraft stand while not being used)

runway (a strip of level paved surface where planes can take off and land)

taxi strip; taxiway (a paved surface in the form of a strip; used by planes taxiing to or from the runway at an airport)

flight line (place where airplanes are parked and the maintenance hangars (but not the runways or taxiways))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "field"):

aerodrome; airdrome; airport; drome (an airfield equipped with control tower and hangers 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)

Holonyms ("field" is a part of...):

transit; transportation; transportation system (a facility consisting of the means and equipment necessary for the movement of passengers or goods)


FIELD (verb)


Sense 1field [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Catch or pick up (balls) in baseball or cricket

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Hypernyms (to "field" is one way to...):

handle; palm (touch, lift, or hold with the hands)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2field [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Play as a fielder

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Hypernyms (to "field" is one way to...):

play (participate in games or sport)

Domain category:

athletics; sport (an active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


Sense 3field [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Answer adequately or successfully

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

The lawyer fielded all questions from the press

Hypernyms (to "field" is one way to...):

answer; reply; respond (reply or respond to)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 4field [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Select (a team or individual player) for a game

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Context example:

The Buckeyes fielded a young new quarterback for the Rose Bowl

Hypernyms (to "field" is one way to...):

choose; pick out; select; take (pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


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