Definition of outfield in US English:



  • 1Baseball
    The grassy area beyond the infield.

    • ‘The ball is sent scuttling through the outfield with fielders trailing in its wake.’
    • ‘He is learning to play the corner outfield positions.’
    • ‘He recently learned to play the outfield corners and is an outstanding pinch hitter.’
    • ‘In high-traffic areas, where players stand in the outfield, we use rubber crumbs from recycled tires.’
    • ‘All had secured a high-priced placement along stadium billboards and outfield fences.’
    1. 1.1Cricket The part of the field furthest from the wicket.
      • ‘No-one takes guard at the wicket and the outfield is as rough as a public park.’
      • ‘The wicket and outfield was so batsman friendly that any batsman worth his salt could have turned the match on its head.’
      • ‘It was a slow wicket with an outfield I wouldn't have played football on, and it was never going to be easy to score runs.’
      • ‘The first two days of play had been interrupted due to intermittent showers and a soggy outfield.’
      • ‘Ludicrous plans to move the entire stadium away from the sea had happily been shelved and his team of helpers were raking stones off the outfield by hand.’
    2. 1.2treated as singular or plural The players stationed in the outfield, collectively.
      • ‘That makes you think back to the days of the star outfields in the National League, when you had Mays, Aaron, Clemente and Frank Robinson.’
      • ‘The club has one of the fastest outfields in the majors.’
      • ‘The move also gave the A's one of the game's best defensive outfields.’
      • ‘Philadelphia's outfield is full of question marks.’
      • ‘The Mariners' outfield was a revolving door last season thanks to injuries and ineffectiveness.’
      • ‘Two-thirds of the starting outfield is new.’
      • ‘As yesterday's game showed the outfield is an embarrassment.’
    3. 1.3Soccer as modifier Relating to or denoting all of the players in a team apart from the goalkeeper.
      ‘the outfield players’
      ‘he has played in all of the outfield positions during his career’
      • ‘A thrilling 70th minute move involving two thirds of Liverpool's outfield players produced an incisive fourth goal.’
      • ‘In spite of dominating the outfield play Hibs found themselves trailing to a couple of spectacular goals by the Hearts forward, Colquhoun.’
      • ‘To be fair the quality of the outfield positions are excellent now but the goalkeepers are actually woeful.’
      • ‘The sight of the outfield player anxiously pulling on an outsized goalkeeper jersey is too rarely seen in these days of substitute goalkeepers.’
      • ‘The financial tumult at the club has had a galvanising effect but he says that with a squad of only 17 outfield players, good fortune and consistency will be key to top-flight survival.’
  • 2The outlying land of a farm.

    • ‘Infields and outfields are not internally fenced but are separated by a stone wall.’