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field (1 a freq. sense, 4 common in lit. sense)
1. open country MND. II. i. 96, Ven. 8.
2. country as opposed to town MND. II. i. 238 “in the town, the field,” III. ii. 398, Cor. II. ii. 126.
3. land as opposed to water Oth. I. iii. 135 “by flood and field,” Ven. 454.
4. battle-ground, scene of war (fig.) Ven. 108 “Making my arms his field.”
5. battle Mer.V. II. i. 26 “won three f-s,” 1H4 V. v. 16 “How goes the ,” 1H6 V. iii. 12 “get the ,” 3H6 III. ii. 1 “at Saint Alban's field . . . was slain,” Lucr. 1430.
6. expanse (of sky) Per. I. i. 37 “yon field of stars.”
7. surface of an escutcheon on which the charge is displayed Lucr. 58; ?in 2H6 IV. ii. 56 with play on sense 1; fig. (with play on sense 4) Lucr. 72 “This silent war of lilies and roses, . . . in her fair face's field.”
8. “green ,” green cloth of a counting-house; ? the meaning in H5 II. iii. 18 “his nose was as sharp as a pen, and” (?read “on) a table of green f-s,” where Theobald's emendation “a' babbled† o' green f-s” is generally accepted.
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