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field, noun

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1. obsolete. [Influenced by Dutch veld.] veld sense 2 a i. Also attributive.
1812 A. Plumptre tr. of H. Lichtenstein’s Trav. in Sn Afr. (1928) I. 30The house was too small.., so some of our tents were set up, and here we commenced sleeping in the field.
1921 H.J. Mandelbrote tr. of O.F. Mentzel’s Descr. of Cape of G.H. I. 57Oxen..damage the grain by soiling with fluid dung after..being driven about in the field.
2. In historical contexts. Usually with initial capital and in the plural, in the phrase the Fields.
a. Elliptical for the diamond fields (see diamond fields).
1871 The Jrnl 9 Jan.What can a British commissioner, or a special magistrate, under a queer Act of Parliament, do for the Fields?
1991 Flying Springbok May 122He watched the diamond-hungry travellers making their way to the Kimberley fields.
b. rare. The gold fields of the Transvaal.
1890 C. & A.P. Wilson-Moore Diggers’ Doggerel 67We talked together of things on the fields, And then he stood me a gin.
1897 J.P. Fitzpatrick Outspan 186Two lucky diggers had passed through Newcastle from the fields, going home.
veld2 a i. Also attributive.
Elliptical for the diamond fieldsdiamond fields.
The gold fields of the Transvaal.

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