• A land area free of woodland, cities, and towns; an area of open country.
  • A wide, open space that is used to grow crops or to hold farm animals, usually enclosed by a fence, hedge or other barrier.
  • A region containing a particular mineral.
  • An airfield, airport or air base; especially, one with unpaved runways.
  • A place where competitive matches are carried out.


  • To intercept or catch (a ball) and play it.
  • To be the team catching and throwing the ball, as opposed to hitting it.
  • To place in a game.
  • To answer; to address.
  • To defeat.
  • To execute research (in the field).
  • To deploy in the field.


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  • From Middle English feeld, feld, from Old English feld, from Proto-West Germanic *felþu, from Proto-Germanic *felþuz, *felþaz, *felþą, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *pleh₂- or *pleth₂- (with schwebeablaut).
  • Cognate with Scots feld, feild, North Frisian fjild, West Frisian fjild, Dutch veld, German Feld, Swedish fält. Related also to Old English folde, Old English folm. More at fold.

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