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

Definition of inning

1a : 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
b innings plural in form but singular or plural in construction : a division of a cricket match
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 constructionthat 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.
Recent Examples on the Web In some ways, Sunday’s game was won in the fifth inning when Cueto avoided chaos and the sixth when Baragar did the same. John Shea,, "How Giants are strategizing with sense of urgency in playoff push," 6 Sep. 2020 The Twins scored four runs in the fifth inning on Sunday — and might still be batting if Eddie Rosario hadn't ran through Tony Diaz's stop sign and gotten thrown out trying to score from first on Brent Rooker's bases-loaded double. La Velle E. Neal Iii, Star Tribune, "Baserunning, bullpen mistakes cost Twins in 10-8 loss to Tigers," 6 Sep. 2020 Dallas Keuchel fielded a grounder back to the mound for the final out of the fifth inning against the Kansas City Royals. Lamond Pope,, "Dallas Keuchel leaves with lower back stiffness as the White Sox complete a 4-game sweep with an 8-2 victory against the Royals," 6 Sep. 2020 Hill entered in the fifth inning with the Tigers leading 2-1 for defensive purposes. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers blow late lead, swept in doubleheader, 3-2, by Minnesota Twins," 5 Sep. 2020 All of the offense came a day after a critical base-running mistake cost Mexico a chance to take a lead on Japan in the fifth inning of the international championship game. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: Little League World Series memories," 25 Aug. 2020 He was replaced as the play-by-play announcer in the fifth inning of the second game. cleveland, "Announcer Thom Brennaman suspended for using homophobic slur on air during Cincinnati Reds game," 20 Aug. 2020 The Reds took the 56-year-old Brennaman off the broadcast in the fifth inning of the second game. CBS News, "Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman suspended after on-air homophobic slur," 20 Aug. 2020 Houston did not have a hit after the fifth inning, but damage already was done., "Josh Reddick’s diving catch preserves the Astros’ 10-8 win over the Rockies," 20 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of inning

1735, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for inning

in entry 2 + -ing entry 1

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“Inning.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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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


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

Kids Definition of inning

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

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