in·​ning | \ ˈi-niŋ How to pronounce inning (audio) \

Definition of inning

1a innings plural in form but singular or plural in construction : a division of a cricket match
b : a division of a baseball game consisting of a turn at bat for each team also : a baseball team's turn at bat ending with the third out
c : a player's turn (as in horseshoes, pool, or croquet)
2 : a chance or opportunity for action or accomplishment usually used in plural but singular or plural in construction that momentous innings which was to project him into world politicsThe Times Literary Supplement (London)

Examples of inning in a Sentence

She hit a double in the fourth inning.

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Matt Beaty broke the ice for the Dodgers with a leadoff home run in the fourth inning, and his two-out RBI single in the fifth tied the game and chased Foltynewicz. Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers lose pitcher Julio Urias to 20-game suspension, then drop game to the Braves," 17 Aug. 2019 Eduardo Escobar hit it back to Webb, who started a double play that ended the inning. Henry Schulman,, "Giants roll D’backs as 22-year-old Logan Webb wins debut, Belt hits slam on six-RBI night," 17 Aug. 2019 As expected, the rookie shortstop has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a stress reaction in his lower back after leaving Tuesday’s game in the seventh inning. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres rookie Fernando Tatis Jr. likely out for rest of season," 16 Aug. 2019 Lopez utilized both the slider and fastball to end the inning by striking out Jorge Alfaro on a 98.7-mph fastball. Lamond Pope,, "4 games that highlight Reynaldo Lopez’s 2nd-half improvement, including a 1.88 ERA at home since the break," 16 Aug. 2019 Reds reliever Joel Kuhnel made his MLB debut in the seventh inning. Bobby Nightengale,, "Cincinnati Reds' Aristides Aquino makes more history with his 10th home run in 16 games," 16 Aug. 2019 Bellinger, who began the day tied with Christian Yelich and Mike Trout for the major league lead, reached the 40 mark for the first time with a three-run shot into the upper deck in the seventh inning to cut the deficit to 13-7. Steven Wine,, "Anderson, Alfaro log three hits and 3 RBI each as Marlins outslug Dodgers to avert sweep," 16 Aug. 2019 In the fourth inning, Freeland fanned Adam Jones with a slider and whiffed Nick Ahmed with a changeup. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Rockies’ Kyle Freeland taking small steps forward on comeback path," 15 Aug. 2019 Smeltzer ran into trouble himself in the sixth inning, but not as much as the Rangers ran into — literally. Betsy Helfand, Twin Cities, "Twins wallop Rangers in series opener," 15 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of inning

1735, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for inning

in entry 2 + -ing entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of inning

baseball : one of the usually nine parts of a game in which each team bats until three outs are made


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: a division of a baseball game that consists of a turn at bat for each team

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