To in or from the area
- in or into a field (especially a field of battle)
- far-away at home or an individual's typical environments
- from the subject; beyond the point at problem
- To, in, or in the field.
- Out of the way; astray.
1590s, contraction of Middle English in felde, from Old English on felda "in the industry" (especially of fight), from a- "on" (see a- (1)) + industry (n.). Meaning "away from your home" is attested by early 15c.
(adv.) To, in, or from the industry.
- (adv.) Out of the way; astray.
Commercial jealousy aided the process: the Order had alienated the towns by entering into competition with their trade; it had established a monopoly of amber and even, occasionally, of corn; and its agents were spread as far afield as Bruges.