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infield

[in-feeld] /ˈɪnˌfild/
noun
1.
Baseball.
  1. the diamond.
  2. the positions played by the first baseman, second baseman, third baseman, and shortstop, taken collectively.
  3. the infielders considered as a group (contrasted with outfield).
2.
Track, Horse Racing. the area enclosed by a track.
3.
Agriculture.
  1. the part of the land of a farm nearest the farmhouse.
  2. land regularly tilled.
    Compare outfield (def 3).
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; in-1 + field
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British Dictionary definitions for in-field

infield

/ˈɪnˌfiːld/
noun
1.
(cricket) the area of the field near the pitch Compare outfield
2.
(baseball)
  1. the area of the playing field enclosed by the base lines and extending beyond them towards the outfield
  2. the positions of the first baseman, second baseman, shortstop, third baseman, and sometimes the pitcher, collectively Compare outfield
3.
(agriculture)
  1. the part of a farm nearest to the farm buildings
  2. land from which crops are regularly taken
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Word Origin and History for in-field

infield

n.

1733, "the land of a farm which lies nearest the homestead," from in + field. Baseball diamond sense first attested 1867. Related: Infielder.

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