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noun field pronunciation in British English /fiːld/
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  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. 5
    [countable] physics an area where a particular force has an effect
    a magnetic field


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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