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From Old English feld, from Proto-Germanic *felþą.



feeld (plural feelds or feeldes)

  1. A field (open and flat country or land)
    • a. 1382, John Wycliffe, “Matheu 13:31-32”, in Wycliffe's Bible:
      Another parable Jheſus puttide forth to hem, and ſeide, The kyngdom of heuenes is lijk to a corn of ſeneuey, which a man took, and ſewe in his feeld. / Which is the leeste of alle ſeedis, but whanne it hath woxen, it is the moste of alle wortis, and is maad a tre; ſo that briddis of the eir comen, and dwellen in the bowis therof.
      Jesus put another parable in front of them; he said: "The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed that a person took and sowed in their field. / It is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it grows, it is the largest of all the plants; it becomes a tree, so the birds of the air come and nest in its branches."
  2. A field (enclosed area filled with grass, especially around a settlement)
  3. The countryside; empty land that surrounds a settlement.
  4. Wild land; land that has not been developed or worked.
  5. The Earth's ground or surface; the visible layer of terrain across the Earth.
  6. A location where combat or conflict takes place; a battlefield.
  7. An army or regiment; a levy of fighting-men.
  8. A heraldic field; the background of a shield.
  9. (rare) The place where something takes place.

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  • English: field
  • Scots: feld, feild