Inning meaning

ĭnĭng
An opportunity to act or speak out; a chance for accomplishment.
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(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.

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(softball) A similar period of play.

We batted around in our half of the inning.

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(billiards) A player (team)'s turn at the table to make shots until ended by a miss or a foul.
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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.

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(informal) The period of or opportunity for action, expression, exercise of authority, etc.

The election gave him his innings.

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Origin of inning

  • Middle English innynge a getting in from Old English innung gerund of innian to put in from in in in1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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

    From Wiktionary