1. One who holds a thing in trust for another; a trustee.
Instrumental to the conveying God's blessing upon those whose fiduciaries they are.Jer. Taylor.
2. (Theol.) One who depends for salvation on faith, without works; an Antinomian. Hammond.
(Fie) interj. [OE. fi; cf. D. fif. G. pfui, Icel. f, Sw. & Dan. fy, F. fi, L. fi, phy.] An exclamation
denoting contempt or dislike. See Fy. Fuller.
(Fief) n. [F. fief; of German origin, and the same word as E. fee. See Fee, and cf. Feud, a tief.]
(Law) An estate held of a superior on condition of military service; a fee; a feud. See under Benefice,
(Field) n. [OE. feld, fild, AS. feld; akin to D. veld, G. feld, Sw. fält, Dan. felt, Icel. fold field of
grass, AS. folde earth, land, ground, OS. folda.]
1. Cleared land; land suitable for tillage or pasture; cultivated ground; the open country.
2. A piece of land of considerable size; esp., a piece inclosed for tillage or pasture.
Fields which promise corn and wine.Byron.
3. A place where a battle is fought; also, the battle itself.
In this glorious and well-foughten field.Shak.
What though the field be lost?Milton.
4. An open space; an extent; an expanse. Esp.: (a) Any blank space or ground on which figures are
drawn or projected. (b) The space covered by an optical instrument at one view.
Without covering, save yon field of stars.Shak.
Ask of yonder argent fields above.Pope.
5. (Her.) The whole surface of an escutcheon; also, so much of it is shown unconcealed by the different
bearings upon it. See Illust. of Fess, where the field is represented as gules while the fess is argent
6. An unresticted or favorable opportunity for action, operation, or achievement; province; room.
Afforded a clear field for moral experiments.Macaulay.
7. A collective term for all the competitors in any outdoor contest or trial, or for all except the favorites in
8. (Baseball) That part of the grounds reserved for the players which is outside of the diamond; called
Field is often used adjectively in the sense of belonging to, or used in, the fields; especially with reference
to the operations and equipments of an army during a campaign away from permanent camps and fortifications.
In most cases such use of the word is sufficiently clear; as, field battery; field fortification; field gun; field
hospital, etc. A field geologist, naturalist, etc., is one who makes investigations or collections out of
doors. A survey uses a field book for recording field notes, i.e., measurment, observations, etc., made
in field work (outdoor operations). A farmer or planter employs field hands, and may use a field roller
or a field derrick. Field sports are hunting, fishing, athletic games, etc.