Definition of inning in English:



  • 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.

    • ‘Then in the seventh inning, the center fielder singled home the go-ahead run.’
    • ‘White set a modern major league record in scoring three runs in the 7th inning of that game.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Fielder leads off the inning by ripping a double down the rightfield line.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 A single turn at bat for a team until three outs are made.
    2. 1.2 A division of play similar to an inning in other games, such as horseshoes.
    3. 1.3 A 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.