Definition of Left field

1. Noun. The piece of ground in the outfield on the catcher's left. "The batter flied out to left"

Exact synonyms: Left, Leftfield
Group relationships: Outfield
Generic synonyms: Parcel, Parcel Of Land, Piece Of Ground, Piece Of Land, Tract
Derivative terms: Left Fielder

2. Noun. The fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is expected to field balls in the left third of the outfield (looking from home plate).
Exact synonyms: Leftfield
Generic synonyms: Position
Group relationships: Baseball Team
Derivative terms: Left Fielder

Definition of Left field

1. Noun. (baseball) The part of a baseball field which is beyond the infield and to your left if you stand on home plate and face the pitcher ¹

2. Noun. (baseball) The defensive position in the outfield to the left. ¹

3. Noun. (idiomatic) An unexpected, bizarre, or unwatched source (especially in the phrases '''out of left field''' and '''from left field'''). ¹

4. Noun. (idiomatic) An unusual or unexpected position, or a viewpoint held by very few others in contrast to the majority viewpoint (especially in the phrases '''out in left field''' and '''way out in left field''') ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Left Field

left brain
left branch
left colic artery
left colic flexure
left colic lymph nodes
left colic vein
left coronary artery
left coronary artery branches
left coronary vein
left coset
left cosets
left crus of atrioventricular bundle
left crus of diaphragm
left duct of caudate lobe
left fibrous trigone
left field (current term)
left fielder
left fielders
left for dead
left gastric artery
left gastric lymph nodes
left gastric vein
left gastro-omental artery
left gastro-omental nodes
left gastroepiploic artery
left gastroepiploic lymph nodes
left gastroepiploic vein
left gastroomental vein
left hand
left hander

Literary usage of Left field

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. St. Nicholas by Mary Mapes Dodge (1886)
"He does best at a fly-catch," he remarked; "and when I say he's left-field of our nine, it 's as much as to say he is n'ta muffer. ..."

2. The American Journal of Psychology by Granville Stanley Hall, Edward Bradford Titchener (1889)
"In reality, in this experiment the after-image never does appear on the left field until the latter has so greatly darkened as to allow it to be seen ..."

3. Recreation by George O. Shields, American Canoe Association, League of American Sportsmen (1899)
"Those men now in college are Sullivan, catcher; Captain De Saulles, second base; Camp, short stop; Eddy, left field; Wear, center field; and Wallace, ..."

4. Analytical Psychology: A Practical Manual for Colleges and Normal Schools by Lightner Witmer (1902)
"... ie, the left monocular field, fall also upon the right half of the retina of the left eye. The binocular portion of the left field is common to the ..."

5. Reports of Cases Argued and Adjudged in the Supreme Court of the United States by United States Supreme Court, William Cranch, Henry Wheaton, Richard Peters, Benjamin Chew Howard, Jeremiah Sullivan Black (1851)
"left field fence north and south. Set 115th mile post in mound. Rolling prairie. 116th Mile. ... left field near southeast corner. Thicket. ..."

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