abroad; away from home.
off the beaten path; far and wide: to go afield in one's reading.
off the mark: His criticism was totally afield.
in or to the field or countryside.
beyond the range or field of one's experience, knowledge, acquaintanceship, etc.: a philosophy far afield of previous philosophical thought.

before 1000; Middle English afelde, Old English on felda. See a-1, field Unabridged
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afield (əˈfiːld)
adv, —adj
1.  away from one's usual surroundings or home (esp in the phrase far afield)
2.  off the subject; away from the point (esp in the phrase far afield)
3.  in or to the field, esp the battlefield

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Word Origin & History

1590s, from O.E. on felda, M.E. in felde, from a- "on" (see a- (1)) + field (q.v.).
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Example sentences
Last summer wheat was growing a kickoff distance afield of my door.
But look further afield and the affinity between open politics and open markets seems clear.
As the population expands, the animals tend to wander farther afield.
It's one of the fastest games afield, and it's not for the faint of heart.
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