Definition of infield in English:

infield

noun

  • 1The inner part of the field of play in various sports, in particular.

    • ‘The club will evaluate him as he plays all around the infield and in the outfield.’
    • ‘The thick infield grass at Wrigley Field has helped the Cubs in recent years because their infielders haven't had much range and their hitters thrived on the long ball.’
    • ‘Bautista has plus power, a good arm and the versatility to play the infield or outfield.’
    • ‘And newcomers Dmitri Young and Craig Paquette, who can play the infield and outfield corners, will provide much-needed hitting.’
    • ‘Furcal relied on his arm too much last season and has learned he doesn't have to throw rockets across the infield on every grounder.’
    • ‘He then jogged back to the wall to retrieve the ball and lobbed it to the infield as three runs scored.’
    • ‘He takes his infield and outfield gloves into the dugout for each game.’
    • ‘He offers the versatility of being able to play in the infield and outfield.’
    • ‘The lineup, laden with veterans, has proven hitters with good defense in center field and at the infield corners.’
    • ‘Super-sub Denny Hocking's ability to play well in the infield or outfield is the main reason the Twins have been able to carry a 12-man pitching staff.’
    • ‘In Japan, Suzuki's bunting for hits was such a regular feature of his repertoire it changed how infields played him.’
    • ‘If there's a pop beyond the infield, the outfielders should take charge - it's easier to catch a ball coming in than going back.’
    • ‘Mike Mordecai has played all the infield positions and is prepared to try the outfield.’
    • ‘The infield at The Ballpark was playing fast and Lowe was likely to produce a ground ball.’
    • ‘Cabrera and Bloomquist both can play the infield and the outfield.’
    • ‘Erin White squeezed a grounder through the right side of the infield in the eighth to score Jackie Lance and give the Canadians a 1-0 victory.’
    • ‘Both are righthanded hitters who can play the infield and outfield corners.’
    • ‘Gipson is excellent fielder who can play the infield and outfield.’
    • ‘Andy Fox is valuable to the team because of his experience, his lefthanded bat and his ability to play the infield and outfield.’
    1. 1.1Baseball The area within and near the four bases.
      • ‘Instead, the team will focus on getting great defense from two of their four infield spots.’
      • ‘Don Wert then reached base on an infield error and the lead run scored.’
      • ‘But by game's end, all you've managed to do is hit four feeble infield dribblers and bounce three throws to first base.’
      • ‘In his first at-bat, the touted slugger reached on an infield hit.’
      • ‘And not an especially good idea on a surface where infield grounders quickly become base hits.’
    2. 1.2Cricket The part of the field closer to the wicket.
      • ‘Then Warne lets Flintoff off the hook with one ball he can read - the full-toss, which is duly dispatched over the infield.’
      • ‘He hit it well enough, squirting a square drive through the infield.’
      • ‘Their feet got to the pitch of the ball and their fluent drives repeatedly carved through the infield on either side of the wicket.’
      • ‘If we can just do that we will snowball; the boys will get confident if we can play shots over the infield without losing our wickets, it's all to do with keeping our heads.’
      • ‘They kept bowling up and he kept swinging them over the infield.’
    3. 1.3 The players stationed in the infield, collectively.
      • ‘The infield should continue to be the glue of the defense.’
      • ‘The infield won't resemble last season's very much.’
      • ‘The umpire looks at me strangely, as a matter of fact, the whole infield of The Indians team was staring at me.’
      • ‘In the letters section of the August issue of Baseball Digest, a chart was printed listing 12 teams whose infields drove in 400 or more runs in one season.’
      • ‘Along with Giambi, Jeter and Robin Ventura, it marked one of the few times in history that one team's entire infield was named to an All-Star squad.’
      • ‘The middle of the infield should be Bobby Hill and Javier Guzman, both players that should boast modest OBPs in the future.’
      • ‘‘With the infield in and the bases loaded, the batter hit a shot past the shortstop,’ said Ford.’
  • 2British The land around or near a farmstead, especially arable land.

    • ‘The remainder of the course coils through the 130 acre infield putting a premium on handling and braking.’
    • ‘Thousands more can view the action from a 215-acre infield.’
    • ‘Later on, 1920-21, I deeded the 60 acres southwest of the public highway, as well as the 40 acres infields and woods on the northeast side, with the old house and barn.’
    • ‘With that, I flew off and landed in a muddy heap in the swampy infield, while the bike sagged directly to the ground.’
    • ‘The agricultural economy was primarily based on raising cattle on forest land and cereal production on small cleared infields.’

adverb

  • Into or toward the inner part of the field of play.

    • ‘The home side kept up the pressure and following a Brian Kenny throw-in Padraig Murphy took possession and as he moved infield he sent a pile driver to the net in the 65th minute.’
    • ‘Pauleta cuts infield and tries his luck from 30 yards.’
    • ‘What will be vital is that our wide midfielders force Denmark's full-backs to play passes infield rather than allowing them bread-and-butter balls to the wingers.’
    • ‘Robinson dived over from acting half and this time Mitchell was successful with the kick from a couple of yards infield.’
    • ‘The cost of moving the straight track 80 meters infield is estimated at $4.9-million.’

Pronunciation:

infield

/ˈinˌfēld/