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infield

Syllabification: in·field
Pronunciation: /ˈinˌfēld
 
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Definition of infield in English:

noun

1The inner part of the field of play in various sports, in particular.
Example sentences
  • He then jogged back to the wall to retrieve the ball and lobbed it to the infield as three runs scored.
  • 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.
  • 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.
1.1 Baseball The area within and near the four bases.
Example sentences
  • And not an especially good idea on a surface where infield grounders quickly become base hits.
  • But by game's end, all you've managed to do is hit four feeble infield dribblers and bounce three throws to first base.
  • Instead, the team will focus on getting great defense from two of their four infield spots.
1.2 Cricket The part of the field closer to the wicket.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • Their feet got to the pitch of the ball and their fluent drives repeatedly carved through the infield on either side of 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.
1.3The players stationed in the infield, collectively.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • The middle of the infield should be Bobby Hill and Javier Guzman, both players that should boast modest OBPs in the future.
  • The umpire looks at me strangely, as a matter of fact, the whole infield of The Indians team was staring at me.
2British The land around or near a farmstead, especially arable land.
Example sentences
  • The agricultural economy was primarily based on raising cattle on forest land and cereal production on small cleared infields.
  • With that, I flew off and landed in a muddy heap in the swampy infield, while the bike sagged directly to the ground.
  • 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.

adverb

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Into or toward the inner part of the field of play.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • The cost of moving the straight track 80 meters infield is estimated at $4.9-million.
  • Pauleta cuts infield and tries his luck from 30 yards.

Derivatives

infielder

1
noun
sense 1 of the noun.
Example sentences
  • Once I saw him use five infielders in a sudden death situation with a runner on third (it didn't work).
  • To finish off the all-around team effort, the Warrior infielders dug out three inning ending double plays during the course of the game.
  • There were utility infielders in the Atlantic League who honestly told me that, given a chance, they could still make it.

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