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W. C (William Claude Dukenfield) 1880–1946, U.S. vaudeville and motion-picture comedian.
Dorothy, 1905–74, U.S. librettist and lyricist. Unabridged
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Fields (fiːldz)
1.  Dame Gracie. real name Grace Stansfield. 1898--1979, English popular singer and entertainer
2.  W. C. real name William Claude Dukenfield. 1880--1946, US film actor, noted for his portrayal of comic roles

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Word Origin & History

O.E. feld "plain, open land" (as opposed to woodland), also "a parcel of land marked off and used for pasture or tillage," probably related to O.E. folde "earth, land," from P.Gmc. *felthuz "flat land," from PIE *pel(e)-tu-, from base *pele- "flat, to spread" (cf. L. planus "flat, level," O.C.S. polje
"field;" see plane (1)). Common W.Gmc. (cf. O.Fris. feld, M.H.G. velt, Ger. Feld), but not found outside it (Sw. fält, Dan. felt are borrowed from Ger.), though Finnish pelto "field" is believed to have been adapted from P.Gmc. The Eng. spelling with -ie- is probably the work of Anglo-Fr. scribes. The verb meaning "to go out to fight" is 16c., from the n. in the sense of "battlefield" (c.1300). Collective use for "all engaged in a sport" (or, in horseracing, all but the favorite) is 1742; play the field "avoid commitment" (1936) is from notion of gamblers betting on other horses than the favorite. The verb meaning "to stop and return the ball" is first recorded 1823, originally in cricket; figurative sense is from 1902. Field day (1747) was originally a day of military exercise and review; fig. sense is from 1827.
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field  [%PREMIUM_LINK%]     (fēld)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. A distribution in a region of space of the strength and direction of a force, such as the electrostatic force near an electrically charged object, that would act on a body at any given point in that region. See also electric field, magnetic field.

  2. The region whose image is visible to the eye or accessible to an optical instrument.

  3. A set of elements having two operations, designated addition and multiplication, satisfying the conditions that multiplication is distributive over addition, that the set is a group under addition, and that the elements with the exception of the additive identity (0) form a group under multiplication. The set of all rational numbers is a field.

    1. In a database, a space for a single item of information contained in a record.

    2. An interface element in a graphical user interface that accepts the input of text.

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