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.

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Kluber got the shot in his knee Friday, a day after the two-time Cy Young Award winner gave up two runs in the eighth inning and was beaten by the Yankees., "Knee surgery scheduled for Lonzo Ball," 14 July 2018 Far more regrettable for the Yankees was Aaron Judge’s being thrown out stealing as Aaron Hicks struck out to end the eighth inning. New York Times, "Yankees, With No Lead to Protect Against the Indians, Get to Rest Aroldis Chapman," 13 July 2018 Willems' double in the eighth inning was his fourth hit of the game, completing the cycle. Dave Clark,, "Reds minor-leaguer Jonathan Willems hits for cycle for Greeneville," 11 July 2018 The same can't be said for Brad Brach, who was assigned the eighth inning of the Orioles' Game 2 loss Monday. Jon Meoli,, "As Zach Britton's trade value for Orioles improves, Brad Brach's spirals further," 10 July 2018 Holaday’s heroics came after right-hander Drew Steckenrider surrendered a one-run lead in the eighth inning. Matthew Defranks,, "**Brewers Marlins head**," 10 July 2018 But in terms of discipline. Kansas City Royals' Adalberto Mondesi is congratulated after hitting a home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Tuesday, June 26, 2018, in Milwaukee. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Royals' Mondesi is playing with confidence. A connection to a lost friend has helped," 27 June 2018 Those runs proved big as Staten Island pushed across single runs in both the eighth and ninth innings. Randy Mcroberts, The Aegis, "Aberdeen goes on road, wins in Staten Island," 22 June 2018 Charlotte’s bullpen was touched for two runs in the eighth inning. Steve Lyttle, charlotteobserver, "Voting is on for the Triple-A All-Star Game. Which Knights stars are in the running?," 17 June 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


in·​ning | \ˈi-niŋ \

Kids Definition of inning

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

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