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
Of course, in his last outing, deGrom threw a season-high 118 pitches in working into the ninth inning against the Pirates despite the Mets holding an 8-1 lead.
After a shaky first two innings, Lasky (6-2) was solid.
Holdgrafer struck out the next two hitters to end the inning.
Gig Harbor (23-4) did most of its damage in the second inning.
Those runs came off Troy starter Andrew Crane, who came into the game having logged a Sun Belt record 39 2/3 straight scoreless innings.
Marlins starter Dan Strailey scattered six hits, struckout six and walked two over 5 1/3 innings to improve to 3-3 on the season.
Such as when 11-year-old Farmer struck out 16 in a game, didn't allow a hit through 8 2/3 innings and lost 1-0 after a walk, a single and an error.
The seventh-inning rally started when Dakota Kotowski was hit by a pitch.
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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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