Definition of inning in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈiniNG/


1A division of a game during which the two teams alternate as offense and defense and during which each team is allowed three outs while batting.
Example sentences
  • Interesting timing, because if you're going to cut the game short, it seems only fair to announce it before a full inning, so both sides have fair warning.
  • Casey, who grew up near Pittsburgh, says he thought a lot about batting in the first inning of the first game at a new stadium in his hometown.
  • Then in the seventh inning, the center fielder singled home the go-ahead run.
1.1A single turn at bat for a team until three outs are made.
1.2A division of play similar to an inning in other games, such as horseshoes.
1.3A period during which a person or group can achieve something: she thought that now her inning had come


Old English innung 'a putting or getting in', related to in. The current sense dates from the mid 19th century.

Words that rhyme with inning

beginning, thinning, twinning, underpinning, winning

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Syllabification: in·ning

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