in·​ning ˈi-niŋ How to pronounce inning (audio)
: 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
innings ˈi-niŋz How to pronounce inning (audio) plural in form but singular or plural in construction : a division of a cricket match
: a player's turn (as in horseshoes, pool, or croquet)
: 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 Roberts pointed to the team’s improved defense, even though the Padres tied the game at 3-3 in the sixth inning on a throwing error by Betts, the former right fielder and second baseman who is now playing shortstop. Dylan Hernández, Los Angeles Times, 15 Apr. 2024 Alabama added two runs in the eighth inning against Will McEntire, with one run scoring on a throwing error by catcher Ryder Helfrick. Bob Holt,, 15 Apr. 2024 What followed that night was a high-scoring contest typical of the minor leagues: the River Cats fell behind 7-1 early, and by the fifth inning some fans were headed back to the enormous parking lot. Shomik Mukherjee, The Mercury News, 14 Apr. 2024 Rogers has pitched exactly five innings in each of his first three starts of the season. Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald, 13 Apr. 2024 Julius went all seven innings striking out 11 and walking two. Charles Baggarly, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 13 Apr. 2024 After two outs in the fifth inning of a scoreless game, the next 10 Patriots reached base safely and seven scored en route to a 7-1 victory over Scripps Ranch (9-5, 0-2). Jim Lindgren, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Apr. 2024 The lefty gave up two runs on six hits over six innings, striking out two and walking two. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, 10 Apr. 2024 In the ninth inning, however, the visitors’ tightrope lead cratered. Jaylon Thompson, Kansas City Star, 4 Apr. 2024

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Word History


in entry 2 + -ing entry 1

First Known Use

1735, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

Time Traveler
The first known use of inning was in 1735

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“Inning.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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in·​ning ˈin-iŋ How to pronounce inning (audio)
: a division of a baseball game consisting of a turn at bat for each team
also : a baseball team's turn at bat

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