Coal field (Geol.) See under Coal. Field artillery, light ordnance mounted on wheels, for the use
of a marching army. Field basil (Bot.), a plant of the Mint family (Calamintha Acinos); called
also basil thyme. Field colors (Mil.), small flags for marking out the positions for squadrons and
battalions; camp colors. Field cricket (Zoöl.), a large European cricket (Gryllus campestric), remarkable
for its loud notes. Field day. (a) A day in the fields. (b) (Mil.) A day when troops are taken into
the field for instruction in evolutions. Farrow. (c) A day of unusual exertion or display; a gala day.
Field driver, in New England, an officer charged with the driving of stray cattle to the pound. - - Field
duck (Zoöl.), the little bustard found in Southern Europe. Field glass. (Optics) (a) A binocular
telescope of compact form; a lorgnette; a race glass. (b) A small achromatic telescope, from 20 to 24
inches long, and having 3 to 6 draws. (c) See Field lens. Field lark. (Zoöl.) (a) The skylark. (b)
The tree pipit. Field lens (Optics), that one of the two lenses forming the eyepiece of an astronomical
telescope or compound microscope which is nearer the object glass; called also field glass. Field
madder (Bot.), a plant (Sherardia arvensis) used in dyeing. Field marshal (Mil.), the highest
military rank conferred in the British and other European armies. Field mouse (Zoöl.), a mouse
inhabiting fields, as the campagnol and the deer mouse. See Campagnol, and Deer mouse. Field
officer (Mil.), an officer above the rank of captain and below that of general. Field officer's court
(U.S.Army), a court-martial consisting of one field officer empowered to try all cases, in time of war,
subject to jurisdiction of garrison and regimental courts. Farrow. Field plover (Zoöl.), the black-
bellied plover (Charadrius squatarola); also sometimes applied to the Bartramian sandpiper Field
spaniel (Zoöl.), a small spaniel used in hunting small game. Field sparrow. (Zoöl.) (a) A small
American sparrow (b) The hedge sparrow. [Eng.] Field staff> (Mil.), a staff formerly used by gunners
to hold a lighted match for discharging a gun. Field vole (Zoöl.), the European meadow mouse.
Field of ice, a large body of floating ice; a pack. Field, or Field of view, in a telescope or
microscope, the entire space within which objects are seen. Field magnet. see under Magnet.
Magnetic field. See Magnetic. To back the field, or To bet on the field. See under Back,
v. t. To keep the field. (a) (Mil.) To continue a campaign. (b) To maintain one's ground against
all comers. To lay, or back, against the field, to bet on (a horse, etc.) against all comers. To
take the field (Mil.), to enter upon a campaign.
(Field) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Fielded; p. pr. & vb. n. Fielding.]
1. To take the field. [Obs.] Spenser.
2. (Ball Playing) To stand out in the field, ready to catch, stop, or throw the ball.
(Field), v. t. (Ball Playing) To catch, stop, throw, etc. as a fielder.
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