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Field vs. Group: What's the Difference?

Edited by Sumera Saeed || By Sawaira Riaz || Updated on October 7, 2023
Field refers to a specific subject area or a physical space, while a group is a collection of individuals or items categorized together due to commonality.

Key Differences

Field generally denotes a particular branch of study or a domain of activity or knowledge, such as the medical field or the field of mathematics. It represents a specific subject area or discipline in which one can gain expertise. On the contrary, group is a term used to describe a collection of individuals or objects that are assembled together due to a shared characteristic or a common purpose, like a study group or a group of islands.
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In a more tangible sense, field can also refer to an open land area free of woods and buildings, such as a soccer field. It's a specific, usually bounded area of space. In contrast, group, when referring to people, implies a number of individuals assembled together or categorized together, often for a shared purpose, such as a group of friends or a working group, emphasizing commonality and collective identity.
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In the realm of database management, field represents a single data element or attribute for a record, like a field for the phone number in a contact database. In contrast, group in the same context would denote a collection of related records or data items that are assembled or categorized together, showing the relational aspect between different elements in a database.
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When one observes the scope, a field might cover a broad range of topics or a large area of space, reflecting diversity and breadth within a specific discipline or area. Conversely, a group implies a certain level of closeness and interaction among its members or components, emphasizing unity and shared characteristics or purpose.
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Comparison Chart

Definition

Specific area of study or open land area.
Collection of individuals or items with commonality.
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Usage

Denotes a domain of activity or a spatial area.
Refers to an assembly or categorization of entities.
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Context

Can be academic, professional, or physical.
Can be people, objects, or data-related.
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Interaction

Interaction is between the individual and the subject.
Interaction is among the members or components.
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Scope

Can cover a broad range of topics or a large area.
Implies a level of closeness and shared characteristics.
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Field and Group Definitions

Field

A space or place where a subject of scientific research or exploration is observed or analyzed.
The biologist is doing research in his field of study.
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Group

A number of individuals assembled together or having some unifying relationship.
The study group meets every Wednesday.
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Field

A broad, level, open expanse of land.
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Group

A number of individuals or things considered together because of similarities.
The teacher divided the students into groups.
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Field

A meadow
Cows grazing in a field.
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Group

A set with binary operation, satisfying particular axioms in mathematics.
In mathematics, the integers form a group under addition.
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Field

A cultivated expanse of land, especially one devoted to a particular crop
A field of corn.
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Group

A classification of related items or people.
He belongs to the endangered species group.
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Field

A portion of land or a geologic formation containing a specified natural resource
A copper field.
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Group

An assemblage of persons or objects gathered or located together; an aggregation
A group of dinner guests.
A group of buildings near the road.
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Field

A wide unbroken expanse, as of ice.
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Group

A set of two or more figures that make up a unit or design, as in sculpture.
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Field

A battleground.
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Group

A number of individuals or things considered or classed together because of similarities
A small group of supporters across the country.
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Field

(Archaic) A battle.
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Group

(Linguistics) A category of related languages that is less inclusive than a family.
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Field

The scene or an area of military operations or maneuvers
Officers in the field.
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Group

A military unit consisting of two or more battalions and a headquarters.
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Field

A background area, as on a flag, painting, or coin
A blue insignia on a field of red.
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Group

A unit of two or more squadrons in the US Air Force, smaller than a wing.
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Field

(Heraldry) The background of a shield or one of the divisions of the background.
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Group

Two or more atoms behaving or regarded as behaving as a single chemical unit.
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Field

An area or setting of practical activity or application outside an office, school, factory, or laboratory
Biologists working in the field.
A product tested in the field.
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Group

A column in the periodic table of the elements.
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Field

An area or region where business activities are conducted
Sales representatives in the field.
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Group

(Geology) A stratigraphic unit, especially a unit consisting of two or more formations deposited during a single geologic era.
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Field

An area in which an athletic event takes place, especially the area inside or near to a running track, where field events are held.
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Group

(Mathematics) A set, together with a binary associative operation, such that the set is closed under the operation, the set contains an identity element for the operation, and each element of the set has an inverse element with respect to the operation. The integers form a group under the operation of ordinary addition.
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Field

In baseball, the positions on defense or the ability to play defense
She excels in the field.
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Group

Of, relating to, constituting, or being a member of a group
A group discussion.
A group effort.
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Field

In baseball, one of the three sections of the outfield
He can hit to any field.
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Group

To place or arrange in a group
Grouped the children according to height.
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Field

A range, area, or subject of human activity, interest, or knowledge
Several fields of endeavor.
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Group

To belong to or form a group
The soldiers began to group on the hillside.
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Field

The contestants or participants in a competition or athletic event, especially those other than the favorite or winner.
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Group

A number of things or persons being in some relation to one another.
There is a group of houses behind the hill;
He left town to join a Communist group
A group of people gathered in front of the Parliament to demonstrate against the Prime Minister's proposals.
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Field

The body of riders following a pack of hounds in hunting.
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Group

(group theory) A set with an associative binary operation, under which there exists an identity element, and such that each element has an inverse.
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Field

The people running in an election for a political office
The field has been reduced to three candidates.
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Group

An effective divisor on a curve.
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Field

(Mathematics) A set of elements having two operations, designated addition and multiplication, satisfying the conditions that multiplication is distributive over addition, that the set is a group under addition, and that the elements with the exception of the additive identity form a group under multiplication.
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Group

A (usually small) group of people who perform music together.
Did you see the new jazz group?
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Field

(Physics) A physical quantity in a region of space, such as gravitational force or fluid pressure, having a distinct value (scalar, vector, or tensor) at each point.
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Group

(astronomy) A small number (up to about fifty) of galaxies that are near each other.
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Field

The usually circular area in which the image is rendered by the lens system of an optical instrument; field of view.
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Group

(chemistry) A column in the periodic table of chemical elements.
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Field

An element of a database record in which one piece of information is stored.
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Group

(chemistry) A functional group.
Nitro is an electron-withdrawing group.
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Field

A space, as on an online form or request for information, that accepts the input of text
An address field.
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Group

(sociology) A subset of a culture or of a society.
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Field

Growing, cultivated, or living in fields or open land.
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Group

(military) An air force formation.
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Field

Made, used, or carried on in the field
Field operations.
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Group

(geology) A collection of formations or rock strata.
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Field

Working, operating, or active in the field
Field representatives of a firm.
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Group

(computing) A number of users with the same rights with respect to accession, modification, and execution of files, computers and peripherals.
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Field

(Sports) To catch or pick up (a ball) and often make a throw to another player, especially in baseball.
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Group

An element of an espresso machine from which hot water pours into the portafilter.
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Field

To respond to or deal with
Fielded tough questions from the press.
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Group

(music) A number of eighth, sixteenth, etc., notes joined at the stems; sometimes rather indefinitely applied to any ornament made up of a few short notes.
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Field

(Sports) To place in the playing area
Field a team.
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Group

(sports) A set of teams playing each other in the same division, while not during the same period playing any teams that belong to other sets in the division.
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Field

To nominate in an election
Field a candidate.
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Group

(business) A commercial organization.
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Field

To put into action; deploy
Field an army of campaign workers.
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Group

(transitive) To put together to form a group.
Group the dogs by hair colour
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Field

To enter (data) into a field.
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Group

(intransitive) To come together to form a group.
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Field

To play as a fielder
How well can he field?.
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Group

A cluster, crowd, or throng; an assemblage, either of persons or things, collected without any regular form or arrangement; as, a group of men or of trees; a group of isles.
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Field

A land area free of woodland, cities, and towns; an area of open country.
There are several species of wild flowers growing in this field.
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Group

An assemblage of objects in a certain order or relation, or having some resemblance or common characteristic; as, groups of strata.
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Field

The open country near or belonging to a town or city.
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Group

A variously limited assemblage of animals or plants, having some resemblance, or common characteristics in form or structure. The term has different uses, and may be made to include certain species of a genus, or a whole genus, or certain genera, or even several orders.
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Field

A wide, open space that is used to grow crops or to hold farm animals, usually enclosed by a fence, hedge or other barrier.
There were some cows grazing in a field.
A crop circle was made in a corn field.
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Group

A number of eighth, sixteenth, etc., notes joined at the stems; - sometimes rather indefinitely applied to any ornament made up of a few short notes.
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Field

(geology) A region containing a particular mineral.
An oil field; a gold field
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Group

To form a group of; to arrange or combine in a group or in groups, often with reference to mutual relation and the best effect; to form an assemblage of.
The difficulty lies in drawing and disposing, or, as the painters term it, in grouping such a multitude of different objects.
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Field

An airfield, airport or air base; especially, one with unpaved runways.
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Group

Any number of entities (members) considered as a unit
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Field

A place where competitive matches are carried out.
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Group

(chemistry) two or more atoms bound together as a single unit and forming part of a molecule
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Field

A place where a battle is fought; a battlefield.
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Group

A set that is closed, associative, has an identity element and every element has an inverse
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Field

An area reserved for playing a game or race with one’s physical force.
Soccer field
Substitutes are only allowed onto the field after their boots are checked.
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Group

Arrange into a group or groups;
Can you group these shapes together?
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Field

A place where competitive matches are carried out with figures, or playing area in a board game or a computer game.
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Group

Form a group or group together
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Field

A competitive situation, circumstances in which one faces conflicting moves of rivals.
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Group

A collection of related things forming a category.
Fruits are a food group.
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Field

(metonymically) All of the competitors in any outdoor contest or trial, or all except the favourites in the betting.
This racehorse is the strongest in a weak field.
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Field

Any of various figurative meanings, often dead metaphors.
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Field

(physics) A physical phenomenon (such as force, potential or fluid velocity) that pervades a region; a mathematical model of such a phenomenon that associates each point and time with a scalar, vector or tensor quantity.
Magnetic field; gravitational field; scalar field
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Field

Any of certain structures serving cognition.
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Field

A physical or virtual location for the input of information in the form of symbols.
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Field

Part (usually one half) of a frame in an interlaced signal
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Field

To intercept or catch (a ball) and play it.
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Field

To be the team catching and throwing the ball, as opposed to hitting it.
The blue team are fielding first, while the reds are batting.
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Field

To place a team, its players, etc. in a game.
The away team fielded two new players and the second-choice goalkeeper.
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Field

(transitive) To answer; to address.
She will field questions immediately after her presentation.
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Field

(transitive) To defeat.
They fielded a fearsome army.
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Field

(transitive) To execute research (in the field).
He fielded the marketing survey about the upcoming product.
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Field

To deploy in the field.
To field a new land-mine detector
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Field

Cleared land; land suitable for tillage or pasture; cultivated ground; the open country.
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Field

A piece of land of considerable size; esp., a piece inclosed for tillage or pasture.
Fields which promise corn and wine.
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Field

A place where a battle is fought; also, the battle itself.
In this glorious and well-foughten field.
What though the field be lost?
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Field

An open space; an extent; an expanse.
Without covering, save yon field of stars.
Ask of yonder argent fields above.
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Field

The whole surface of an escutcheon; also, so much of it is shown unconcealed by the different bearings upon it. See Illust. of Fess, where the field is represented as gules (red), while the fess is argent (silver).
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Field

An unresticted or favorable opportunity for action, operation, or achievement; province; room.
Afforded a clear field for moral experiments.
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Field

A collective term for all the competitors in any outdoor contest or trial, or for all except the favorites in the betting.
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Field

That part of the grounds reserved for the players which is outside of the diamond; - called also outfield.
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Field

To take the field.
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Field

To stand out in the field, ready to catch, stop, or throw the ball.
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Field

To catch, stop, throw, etc. (the ball), as a fielder.
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Field

A piece of land cleared of trees and usually enclosed;
He planted a field of wheat
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Field

A region where a battle is being (or has been) fought;
They made a tour of Civil War battlefields
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Field

Somewhere (away from a studio or office or library or laboratory) where practical work is done or data is collected;
Anthropologists do much of their work in the field
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Field

A branch of knowledge;
In what discipline is his doctorate?
Teachers should be well trained in their subject
Anthropology is the study of human beings
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Field

The space around a radiating body within which its electromagnetic oscillations can exert force on another similar body not in contact with it
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Field

A particular kind of commercial enterprise;
They are outstanding in their field
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Field

A particular environment or walk of life;
His social sphere is limited
It was a closed area of employment
He's out of my orbit
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Field

A piece of land prepared for playing a game;
The home crowd cheered when Princeton took the field
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Field

Extensive tract of level open land;
They emerged from the woods onto a vast open plain
He longed for the fields of his youth
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Field

(mathematics) a set of elements such that addition and multiplication are commutative and associative and multiplication is distributive over addition and there are two elements 0 and 1;
The set of all rational numbers is a field
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Field

A region in which active military operations are in progress;
The army was in the field awaiting action
He served in the Vietnam theater for three years
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Field

All of the horses in a particular horse race
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Field

All the competitors in a particular contest or sporting event
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Field

A geographic region (land or sea) under which something valuable is found;
The diamond fields of South Africa
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Field

(computer science) a set of one or more adjacent characters comprising a unit of information
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Field

The area that is visible (as through an optical instrument)
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Field

A place where planes take off and land
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Field

Catch or pick up (balls) in baseball or cricket
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Field

Play as a fielder
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Field

Answer adequately or successfully;
The lawyer fielded all questions from the press
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Field

Select (a team or individual player) for a game;
The Patriots fielded a young new quarterback for the Rose Bowl
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Field

A particular branch of study or sphere of activity or interest.
She works in the medical field.
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Field

An open land area free of woods and buildings.
The children are playing in the field.
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Field

A single data element or attribute in a record in database management.
The ‘Last Name’ is a required field in the form.
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Field

A region or space defined by a particular activity.
The field of view of the camera is expansive.
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FAQs

Can a field be both tangible and intangible?

Yes, field can refer to both a physical area or a domain of knowledge or activity.
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Can field refer to an area of expertise?

Absolutely, field often refers to a specific area of study or profession.
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Can items in a group have shared characteristics?

Yes, items or individuals in a group often have commonality or shared characteristics.
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Is a field broader in scope compared to a group?

Generally, a field may have a broader scope, covering various topics or a large area, while a group emphasizes closeness and shared attributes.
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Can a field refer to a specific data element in databases?

Yes, in databases, a field represents a single data element or attribute for a record.
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Can a group be formed for a specific purpose?

Yes, a group can be assembled or categorized together for a shared purpose or objective.
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Is a field limited to professional or academic contexts?

No, the term field can be used in various contexts, including professional, academic, and everyday language.
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Can a group have a unifying relationship among its members?

Yes, a group typically involves some form of unifying relationship or commonality among its members.
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Can field refer to a region defined by a particular activity?

Absolutely, field can refer to a space or region defined or characterized by a specific activity or observation.
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Is a group always about people?

No, a group can be a collection of various things, including objects, data items, or animals.
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Is group used in mathematics?

Yes, in mathematics, a group is a set equipped with a binary operation satisfying certain axioms.
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Can the term field be used in sports?

Yes, in sports, field often refers to an area of open land where sports activities occur.
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Can one be a member of multiple groups?

Absolutely, one can be a member of multiple groups with different purposes or commonalities.
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