field (

     n 1: a piece of land cleared of trees and usually enclosed; "he
          planted a field of wheat"
     2: a region where a battle is being (or has been) fought; "they
        made a tour of Civil War battlefields" [syn: battlefield,
         battleground, field of battle]
     3: somewhere (away from a studio or office or library or
        laboratory) where practical work is done or data is
        collected; "anthropologists do much of their work in the
     4: a branch of knowledge; "in what discipline is his
        doctorate?"; "teachers should be well trained in their
        subject"; "anthropology is the study of human beings"
        [syn: discipline, subject, subject area, {subject
        field}, field of study, study, bailiwick, {branch of
     5: the space around a radiating body within which its
        electromagnetic oscillations can exert force on another
        similar body not in contact with it [syn: field of force,
         force field]
     6: a particular kind of commercial enterprise; "they are
        outstanding in their field" [syn: field of operation, {line
        of business}]
     7: a particular environment or walk of life; "his social sphere
        is limited"; "it was a closed area of employment"; "he's
        out of my orbit" [syn: sphere, domain, area, orbit,
     8: a piece of land prepared for playing a game; "the home crowd
        cheered when Princeton took the field" [syn: {playing
        field}, athletic field, playing area]
     9: extensive tract of level open land; "they emerged from the
        woods onto a vast open plain"; "he longed for the fields
        of his youth" [syn: plain, champaign]
     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; "the set of all rational
         numbers is a field"
     11: a region in which military operations are in progress; "the
         army was in the field awaiting action"
     12: (horse racing) all of the horses in a particular race
     13: all the competitors in a particular contest or sporting
     14: a geographic region (land or sea) under which something
         valuable is found; "the diamond fields of South Africa"
     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)
         [syn: field of view]
     17: a place where planes take off and land [syn: airfield, {landing
         field}, flying field]
     v 1: catch or pick up (balls) in baseball or cricket
     2: play as a fielder, in baseball or cricket
     3: answer adequately or successfully; "The lawyer fielded all
        questions from the press"