in·ning | \ ˈi-niŋ \

Definition of inning 

1a innings plural in form but singular or plural in construction : a division of a cricket match

b : 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

c : 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 politicsThe Times Literary Supplement (London)

Examples of inning in a Sentence

She hit a double in the fourth inning.

Recent Examples on the Web

Wei-Yin Chen’s six-inning, one-run outing on Friday was the most recent example of a Marlins pitcher enjoying success in Miami. Mike Persak,, "Marlins pitchers downplay effect of Marlins Park on better home splits," 14 July 2018 Francona saw Allen as his wild card, in part because the club already had established late-inning relievers but also because Allen was a pitcher who could work in multiple roles and thrive in pressure situations. Roy Parry,, "Boone High alum Cody Allen sets Cleveland Indians' career saves mark," 13 July 2018 With the Rockies leading 14-1 in the fourth inning, Arizona second baseman Daniel Descalso came on to pitch. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Rockies pitcher hits home run off Arizona position player who was pitching," 12 July 2018 The decision arrived hours after another turbulent ninth inning and, again, an explosive exit that set social media ablaze. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros demote reliever Ken Giles to Fresno," 12 July 2018 Using a four-run first inning, the team cruised to a 6-1 victory over the Cyclones to snap a three-game losing streak. Chris Jeter, The Aegis, "Back home, IronBirds snap losing skid with 6-1 win over Brooklyn," 12 July 2018 Odor entered Wednesday with a career-best 40-game streak without an error, but that was snapped with a second-inning gaffe that led to an unearned run. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers’ most frustrating player working to shed that label," 11 July 2018 Gray, who lasted a total of four and one-third innings in his previous two starts, turned in one of his best outings of the season, shutting out the Orioles for six innings, allowing three hits, one walk and striking out eight. New York Times, "A Yankees Blowout Rooted in a Single Impossible Decision," 11 July 2018 Oswego committed five errors in the inning, two coming on errant pickoff throws. Paul Johnson, Aurora Beacon-News, "Jason Crafton better than fair, but ‘fluky’ second inning dooms Oswego in summer baseball regional semifinals," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of inning

1735, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for inning

in entry 2 + -ing entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of inning

baseball : one of the usually nine parts of a game in which each team bats until three outs are made


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Kids Definition of inning

: a division of a baseball game that consists of a turn at bat for each team

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occurring twice a year or every two years

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