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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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  • We have only had radio a century, so our signals have not even left the infield yet.
  • Then, as he enters the infield and climbs into an idling bulldozer, the children's chatter turns to squeals.
  • Plenty of tracks off on-site campgrounds, either in the infield or in the surrounding area.
  • Ideally, they can find a right-handed hitter to play the outfield or the infield corners.
  • Grades and prepares base paths, applies top dressing, lays sod and seeds athletic infield and outfields.
  • The work will include leveling the infield and outfield and the turf will be seeded to improve the field's playing surface.
  • The last step is to use a ruler and draw the infield lines for the two straightaways completing the oval shape track.
  • The rink continues to look surreal sitting in the middle of the infield.
  • An infield hit is a hit where the ball does not leave the infield.
British Dictionary definitions for infield

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 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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