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Etymology 1 edit

Back-formation from innings, mistaken to be plural of the time period, not the entries of the batters/batsmen.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ˈɪnɪŋ/
    • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɪnɪŋ

Noun edit

inning (plural innings)

  1. (baseball) A period of play in which members of a visiting baseball team attempt to hit a baseball pitched by the opposing home team until three players are called out, followed by a similar attempt by members of the home baseball team against the visiting team's pitching. There are nine or more innings in a regulation baseball game.
    It is a baseball tradition to sing "Take Me Out To the Ball Game" during the seventh inning stretch.
  2. (softball) A similar period of play.
    We batted around in our half of the inning.
  3. (billiards) A player (or team)'s turn at the table to make shots until ended by a miss or a foul.
  4. A chance or opportunity to perform some deed or act.
    We are in just the second inning of our quest to enter this new market.
  5. (obsolete) The gathering of a crop; harvesting.
    • 1563, Richarde Jugge, Anno Quinto Reginae Elizabethe:
      [] for the mowing, reaping, shering, getting or inning of corne, []
  6. (obsolete) Lands recovered from the sea.
    • 1880, Archaeologia Cantiana:
      One of the earliest ‘innings’ of Walland Marsh, after the Norman Conquest,‥has been ever since called Becket's Innings, as this Archbishop has the credit of promoting it.
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  • Japanese: イニング (iningu)
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  1. present participle and gerund of inn

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inning m (plural innings)

  1. (baseball) inning