Definition of inning
1a innings plural in form but singular or plural in construction : a division of a cricket matchb : 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 outc : a player's turn (as in horseshoes, pool, or croquet)
2 : 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)>
Examples of inning in a sentence
She hit a double in the fourth inning.
Origin and Etymology of inning
2in + 1-ing
First Known Use: 1735
INNING Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of inning for English Language Learners
baseball : one of the usually nine parts of a game in which each team bats until three outs are made
INNING Defined for Kids
Definition of inning for Students
: a division of a baseball game that consists of a turn at bat for each team
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