Antonyms for field

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My field of observation has been at home, here in America; but it has been the same in France.

He beat the army in the field, and then let the fortresses drop one by one into his hands.

Two field pieces were disposed in the front and two in the rear line.

My field of labor was my own heart, which I endeavored to render pure in the sight of God.

Three martlets on a field azure, that must be one of the Luttrells.

That something hidden away in my nature, like a treasure in a field, is Humility.

I will hunt out General O'Neill, and interview him on the field of slaughter.

That's why it will be worth while playing the field to beat him.

And Yates, taking the weapon by the muzzle, tossed it as far as he could into the field.

These blunders culminated in a ghastly mistake on the field.


Old English feld "plain, open land" (as opposed to woodland), also "a parcel of land marked off and used for pasture or tillage," probably related to Old English folde "earth, land," from Proto-Germanic *felthuz "flat land" (common West Germanic, cf. Old Saxon and Old Frisian feld "field," Old Saxon folda "earth," Middle Dutch velt, Dutch veld Old High German felt, German Feld "field," but not found outside it; Swedish fält, Danish felt are borrowed from German), from PIE *pel(e)-tu-, from root *pele- (2) "flat, to spread" (see plane (n.1)).

Finnish pelto "field" is believed to have been adapted from Proto-Germanic. The English spelling with -ie- probably is the work of Anglo-French scribes (cf. brief, piece). 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. Field glasses attested by 1836.


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