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.
Recent Examples of inning from the Web
Carrane beat an errant throw home by the St. Charles North first baseman, St. Rita tacked on four more runs in the first inning and the Mustangs cruised to a 6-0 victory at Benedictine.
Robertson, the former Yankee closer, will likely take over the eighth inning, allowing Dellin Betances to be deployed more liberally in high-pressure situations.
Kahnle, a 27-year-old righty, was 1-3 with a 2.50 ERA in 37 games, covering 36 innings.
On Monday, his cutter’s velocity went from 89 mph to 81 mph during his one inning of work. •
PUIG POWERS THE DODGERS Yasiel Puig hit his second homer of the game with two out in the ninth inning in Miami, and the three-run shot helped the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Marlins, 6-4, for their seventh consecutive victory.
The first three of Hinsdale's games were called after four innings because of a 10-run rule.
The Wildcats scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning Tuesday, but digging a nine-run hole in the second proved to be too much to overcome in an 11-10 loss to Plainfield East in the Phil Lawler Summer Classic.
Right-hander Jhoulys Chacin continued his recent run of solid starts, throwing six innings of one-run ball.
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Origin and Etymology of inning
2in + 1-ing
First Known Use: 1735See Words from the same year
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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