One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
- ‘Fielder leads off the inning by ripping a double down the rightfield line.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Then in the seventh inning, the center fielder singled home the go-ahead run.’
- 1.1 A single turn at bat for a team until three outs are made.
- 1.2 A division of play similar to an inning in other games, such as horseshoes.
- 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.
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