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inning (plural innings)
- (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.
- (softball) A similar period of play.
- We batted around in our half of the inning.
- (billiards) A player (or team)'s turn at the table to make shots until ended by a miss or a foul.
- 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.
- (obsolete) The gathering of a crop; harvesting.
- 1563, Richarde Jugge, Anno Quinto Reginae Elizabethe:
- […] for the mowing, reaping, shering, getting or inning of corne, […]
- (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.
- top: (baseball, softball) first half of an inning
- bottom: (baseball, softball) second half of an inning
- → Japanese: イニング (iningu)
a period of play in baseball
inning m (plural innings)