in·​ning ˈi-niŋ How to pronounce inning (audio)
: a division of a baseball game consisting of a turn at bat for each team
also : a baseball team's turn at bat ending with the third out
innings ˈi-niŋz How to pronounce inning (audio) plural in form but singular or plural in construction : a division of a cricket match
: a player's turn (as in horseshoes, pool, or croquet)
: a chance or opportunity for action or accomplishment
usually used in plural but singular or plural in construction
that momentous innings which was to project him into world politics The Times Literary Supplement (London)

Example Sentences

She hit a double in the fourth inning.
Recent Examples on the Web The continued emergence of late-inning relievers Trevor Stephan, Sam Hentges and James Karinchak. Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 16 Nov. 2022 According to MLB Network's Jon Morosi, Verlander is the first pitcher to win the award after not throwing an MLB inning in the previous season. Michael Shapiro, Chron, 16 Nov. 2022 In particular, that seventh inning of the Jose Bautista bat-flip game. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, 14 Nov. 2022 McLain homered in Saturday’s championship game, but committed an error in the next half-inning that led to a run scoring. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 14 Nov. 2022 Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper celebrates after his RBI double during the fifth inning in Game 4 of the baseball NL Championship Series between the San Diego Padres and the Phillies on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022, in Philadelphia. David Noyce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 Nov. 2022 In the 11th inning, Enos Slaughter hit a fly ball to deep center field. Los Angeles Times, 10 Nov. 2022 The Phillies managed just one additional baserunner after the sixth inning, their season ending on a night when they were held to just three hits as a team. Lindsey Adler, WSJ, 6 Nov. 2022 Yordan Alvarez would crush a three-run homer in the sixth inning that solidified the win. Justin Klawans, The Week, 6 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


in entry 2 + -ing entry 1

First Known Use

1735, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

Time Traveler
The first known use of inning was in 1735

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“Inning.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

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in·​ning ˈin-iŋ How to pronounce inning (audio)
: a division of a baseball game consisting of a turn at bat for each team
also : a baseball team's turn at bat

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