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[out-feeld] /ˈaʊtˌfild/
  1. the part of the field beyond the diamond.
  2. the positions played by the right, center, and left fielders.
  3. the outfielders considered as a group (contrasted with infield).
Cricket. the part of the field farthest from the batsman.
  1. the outlying land of a farm.
  2. land not regularly tilled but normally used for pasture.
    Compare infield (def 3).
an outlying region.
Origin of outfield
1630-40; out- + field Unabridged
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Examples from the web for outfield
  • If the player cannot throw that far, then the ball is thrown to another player in between ie from deep outfield to home base.
  • Some of the lists were corny and cerebral, while others sailed in from some ontological outfield.
  • With baseball, you're standing around the outfield for days, you know.
  • They have been all over the ragged outfield in their support.
  • He sped to third base, then rounded it, only to be caught off the bag by a laser from the outfield.
  • The work will include leveling the infield and outfield and the turf will be seeded to improve the field's playing surface.
  • outfield catches and second base slides came natural to the team as they racked up runs throughout the six innings of play.
  • He can play the corner outfield, and he's an experienced designated hitter.
  • He can play first base, third base, and the corner outfield positions.
  • The corn lining the outfield is tall again this year.
British Dictionary definitions for outfield


(cricket) the area of the field relatively far from the pitch; the deep Compare infield (sense 1)
  1. the area of the playing field beyond the lines connecting first, second, and third bases
  2. the positions of the left fielder, centre fielder, and right fielder taken collectively Compare infield (sense 2)
(agriculture) farmland most distant from the farmstead
Derived Forms
outfielder, noun
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Word Origin and History for outfield

1630s, "outlying land of a farm" (especially in Scotland), from out + field (n.); sporting sense is attested from 1851 in cricket, 1868 in baseball. Related: Outfielder.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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