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noun field pronunciation in British English /fiːld/ 
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singularfield
pluralfields
  1. 1
    [countable] an area of land used for keeping animals or growing food

    There were horses grazing in the next field.

    a corn/wheat field

    field of:

    We drove past huge fields of barley and hay.

    1. a.
      an area of land covered in grass and used for sport

      The England striker left the field with a knee injury.

      a sports/football field

      take the field (=walk onto it in order to start playing):

      The crowd gave Ripken a standing ovation when he took the field.

      on/off the field:

      He behaves badly both on and off the football field.

  2. 2
    [countable] a subject that you study, or a type of work that you do
    field of:

    a chemist working in the field of polymer research

    a field of study/endeavour/enquiry:

    She has the ability to succeed in any field of endeavour.

    a specialist/expert in a field:

    Professor Edwards is one of the main experts in his field.

  3. 3
    [singular] all the people or animals taking part in a race or competition: can be followed by a singular or plural verb

    Henderson will be competing against a very strong field today.

  4. 4
    [countable] computing a part of a database that contains information of a particular type

    Type your name in the User field.

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