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Field, 1) plain ground not built on, nor covered with wood; open country: Ven. 8. Pilgr. 355. Wiv. II, 3, 81. Wiv. II, 3, 81 V, 5, 72. LLL II, 85. LLL II, 85 V, 2, 345. Mids. II, 1, 96. As III, 2, 18. Shr. III, 2, 233. H6A II, 2, 25. H6B I, 1, 80. IV, 2, 54. Lr. III, 4, 117 etc. Opposed to the town: Mids. II, 1, 238. III, 2, 398. Cor. II, 2, 125. Opposed to the sea: “betokened wreck to the seaman, tempest to the f.” Ven. 454. “moving accidents by flood and f.” Oth. I, 3, 135. Figurative use: “why labour you to make it wander in an unknown f.” Err. III, 2, 38. “without covering, save yon f. of stars,” Per. I, 1, 37. “our blest --s,” Cymb. V, 4, 117. Sonn. 2, 2.
2) the ground where war is waged: “Percy is already in the f.” H4A IV, 2, 81. R3 IV, 3, 48. “the power that Edward hath in f.” H6C IV, 8, 35. “to become the f.” John V, 1, 55. “traitors brave the f.” R3 IV, 3, 57. “brave our --s,” John V, 1, 70.
3) the ground where a battle is fought: “making my arms his f.” Ven. 108. “in her fair face's f.” Lucr. 72 (quibbling). Lucr. 72 R3 I, 4, 56 etc.
4) battle, combat, war: “dare not stay the f.” Ven. 894. “I to be a corporal of his f.” LLL III, 189. “to the f.!” IV, 3, 366. All's III, 1, 23. “won three --s of Sultan Solyman,” Merch. II, 1, 26. “those Italian --s, where noble fellows strike,” All's II, 3, 307. “knighted in the f.” John I, 54. “the noise and rumour of the f.” V, 4, 45. “till --s and blows and groans applaud our sport,” H4A I, 3, 302. “how goes the f.” V, 5, 16. “to get the f.” H6A V, 3, 12 and H6C I, 4, 1. H5 IV, 7, 93. H6A I, 1, 72. I, 4, 81. III, 2, 96. IV, 7, 60. H6B I, 3, 113. IV, 7, 85. H6C I, 1, 90. III, 2, 1 “(slain at Saint Alban's f.).” R3 V, 3, 64. Troil. III, 3, 188. IV, 4, 144. Caes. V, 3, 107. V, 5, 80. Mcb. V, 1, 4 etc. Without the article: “to f.” Lucr. 1430. Troil. I, 1, 5. IV, 4, 145. “from f.” Troil. III, 1, 161 (Q the f.). “in f.” LLL V, 2, 556. Figuratively: “in a f. of feasts,” Ant. II, 1, 23.
5) any combat or contention: “the f. is won,” Shr. IV, 5, 23. “to challenge him the f.” Tw. II, 3, 137 (i. e. a single combat); cf. “divided by any voice or order of the f.” Troil. IV, 5, 70. “go before to f.” Rom. III, 1, 61. “the very parings of our nails shall pitch a f.” H6A III, 1, 103. “to the f.” Cymb. IV, 2, 42 (i. e. to the chase).
6) the surface of a shield: “beauty, in that white intituled, from Venus' doves doth challenge that fair f.” Lucr. 58. cf. the quibble in v. Lucr. 58 A similar quibble perhaps intended in H6B IV, 2, 54.
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