One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(in sport) in or to a position nearer to the opponents' end of a field.
- ‘It was a lateral that was supposed to set up a pass downfield.’
- ‘They're taking calculated shots downfield and guys are making plays.’
- ‘The final pass was intercepted and swept downfield for him to apply the finish, a chance at one end, a goal at the other within seconds.’
- ‘He passed me the ball, and I took it downfield before being cut off by second-string defense player Oliver.’
- ‘A few minutes later, Gloucester launch a huge kick downfield.’
In a direction corresponding to decreasing field strength.
- ‘The center of the proton multiplet is about 0.12 ppm downfield from the center of the terminal proton multiplet in diborane.’
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