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See also: nearfield and near field



near-field (plural near-fields)

  1. Alternative form of near field (in physical acoustics)
  2. Alternative form of near field (in radio-frequency electromagnetic technology)


For quotations of use of this term, see Citations:near-field.


near-field (not comparable)

  1. In loudspeaker acoustics, referring to a region where the intensity of direct, unreflected sound from the source (such as a loudspeaker) is significantly dominant over any indirect or reflected sound.[1]

Usage notes[edit]

The term has related, but not identical, meanings in various disciplines involving wave behaviour, particularly electromagnetic antennae and acoustics. In general it refers to differences between wave phenomena in regions close to the source, and in regions far from the source. Such differences are of profound importance in various fields of biology, technology, and fundamental research.


  1. ^ Brungart Douglas S. and Rabinowitz William R.; "Auditory Localization in the Near-Field"; The Third International Conference on Auditory Display, November 1996