in·​ning | \ ˈi-niŋ How to pronounce inning (audio) \

Definition of inning

1a : 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
b innings plural in form but singular or plural in construction : a division of a cricket match
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 Kluber pitched one inning last year in his only season with Texas and tore a muscle in his shoulder. Creg Stephenson |, al, 23 Sep. 2021 Alex Reyes and Genesis Cabrera each followed with a hitless inning. Jim Hoehn, ajc, 22 Sep. 2021 Beer dislocated his shoulder last week diving for a ball in Los Angeles in his first inning in the field at the major league level. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, 22 Sep. 2021 Before Monday's seventh inning, the Tigers removed first baseman Miguel Cabrera from the game with back tightness. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 22 Sep. 2021 Krehbiel, 28, pitched one scoreless inning for the Rays on Saturday in his first major league appearance since working three scoreless innings in 2018 for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Nathan Ruiz,, 22 Sep. 2021 Kiermaier was called out at third base on an appeal play after Gurriel made a nifty running catch in left on Diaz’s third-inning liner. Mark Didtler,, 21 Sep. 2021 His four-seam fastball dropped from 94 mph to 89 mph in his third and final inning Monday. Paul Sullivan,, 21 Sep. 2021 The Brewers managed only three baserunners against Woodford in five innings — a first-inning walk by Willy Adames, Woodruff's single in the third and a single by Luis Urías in the fifth. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 21 Sep. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'inning.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of inning

1735, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for inning

in entry 2 + -ing entry 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About inning

Dictionary Entries Near inning




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for inning

Last Updated

25 Sep 2021

Cite this Entry

“Inning.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for inning



English Language Learners Definition of inning

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


in·​ning | \ ˈi-niŋ How to pronounce inning (audio) \

Kids Definition of inning

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

More from Merriam-Webster on inning

Nglish: Translation of inning for Spanish Speakers Encyclopedia article about inning


Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!