an expanse of open or cleared ground, especially a piece of land suitable or used for pasture or tillage.
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Sports. (in betting) all the contestants or numbers that are grouped together as one: to bet on the field in a horse race. (in football) the players on the playing ground. the area in which field events are held.
a sphere of activity, interest, etc., especially within a particular business or profession: the field of teaching; the field of Shakespearean scholarship.
the area or region drawn on or serviced by a business or profession; outlying areas where business activities or operations are carried on, as opposed to a home or branch office: our representatives in the field.
Military. the scene or area of active military operations. a battleground. a battle.Informal. an area located away from the headquarters of a commander.
the surface of a canvas, shield, etc., on which something is portrayed: a gold star on a field of blue.
Physics. the influence of some agent, as electricity or gravitation, considered as existing at all points in space and defined by the force it would exert on an object placed at any point in space.Compare electric field, gravitational field, magnetic field.
Also called field of view. Optics. the entire angular expanse visible through an optical instrument at a given time.
Electricity. the structure in a generator or motor that produces a magnetic field around a rotating armature.
Mathematics. a number system that has the same properties relative to the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division as the number system of all real numbers; a commutative division ring.
Psychology. the total complex of interdependent factors within which a psychological event occurs and is perceived as occurring.
Computers. one or more related characters treated as a unit and constituting part of a record, for purposes of input, processing, output, or storage by a computer: If the hours-worked field is blank or zero, the program does not write a check for that employee. (in a punch card) any number of columns regularly used for recording the same information.
Television. one half of the scanning lines required to form a complete television frame. In the U.S., two fields are displayed in 1/30 second: all the odd-numbered lines in one field and all the even lines in the next field.Compare frame (def. 9).
Fox Hunting. the group of participants in a hunt, exclusive of the master of foxhounds and his staff.
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