in·​ning | \ ˈi-niŋ \

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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Eovaldi wound up throwing 97 pitches over 7 innings, a stunning relief performance, itself a record. WSJ, "The Baseball Game That Almost Never Ended," 28 Oct. 2018 And in the ninth inning, that process showed some progress. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Tigers' growing pains aren't easy but Gardenhire is proud of fight," 14 July 2018 On Tuesday night, the Reds scored seven runs in the ninth inning for a comeback win against the Indians. The Enquirer,, "Check out the scorecard from last night's Reds vs. Indians game," 11 July 2018 Moustakas banged a homer off the upper deck facade in right-center field in the ninth inning for his first two-homer game since May 8. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Unable to keep early lead vs. Twins, Royals drop another series," 11 July 2018 But when Giles came in during the ninth inning, the Astros had a 4–0 lead. Charlotte Carroll,, "Astros Option Ken Giles To Triple A After Ninth-Inning Meltdown Against Athletics," 11 July 2018 Pinch-hitter Mark Reynolds led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a home run that lifted the Washington Nationals past the Miami Marlins 3-2 on Friday night., "Reynolds 9th-inning HR walks off Nationals against Barraclough, Marlins," 6 July 2018 Four years ago, in Derek Jeter’s final game in New York, Pearce homered for the Baltimore Orioles with two outs in the top of the ninth inning, tying the score and setting up Jeter for the game-winning single. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "Red Sox Fine-Tune Their Roster for a Visit With the Yankees," 29 June 2018 Up by a run in the ninth inning, a runner on base and Colorado second baseman D.J. LeMahieu at the plate. Jerry Mcdonald, sacbee, "Giants can’t close out homestand with a win as Dyson blows save in the ninth," 28 June 2018

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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


in·​ning | \ ˈi-niŋ \

Kids Definition of inning

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

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