- Baseball. a division of a game during which each team has an opportunity to score until three outs have been made against it.
- a similar opportunity to score in certain other games, as horseshoes.
- an opportunity for activity; a turn: Now the opposition will have its inning.
- innings, (used with a singular verb)
- Cricket.a unit of play in which each team has a turn at bat, the turn of a team ending after ten players are put out or when the team declares.
- land reclaimed, especially from the sea.
- the act of reclaiming marshy or flooded land.
- enclosure, as of wasteland.
- the gathering in of crops.
Origin of inning
Examples from the Web for innings
Once again he could throw his fastball for strikes with impunity--for six or seven innings at least.
In his career, he's walked home many runs, but in more than thirty-eight hundred innings, Palmer has never given up a grand slam.
Tanaka then settled into a groove, pitching shut-out ball for the next five innings, fanning eight as the Yankees won 7-3.Masahiro Tanaka Is the Yankees' $155M Lethal Weapon and Strikeout Machine
May 9, 2014
One year he struck out 262 men in 170 innings, walked as many, and finished 7–15.Earl Weaver, Baseball’s Brilliant Antagonist, Dies
January 20, 2013
As Halkett said, 'Sewell has had his innings already in India.Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I.
Charles James Lever
It's your work alone that has prevented us from scoring in either of these innings.Rival Pitchers of Oakdale
You can't expect to have all the innings your side, Miss Nell.Nell, of Shorne Mills
Perhaps you have planned for your mamma also; is she to field-out when I take my innings?The Story of the White-Rock Cove
When the ice-fields cleared off Neolithic man had his innings.The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)
J. Arthur Thomson
- (functioning as singular) cricket
- the batting turn of a player or team
- the runs scored during such a turn
- (sometimes singular) a period of opportunity or action
- (functioning as plural) land reclaimed from the sea
- baseball a division of the game consisting of a turn at bat and a turn in the field for each side
- archaic the reclamation of land from the sea
Word Origin and History for innings
Old English innung "a taking in, a putting in," gerundive of innian "get within, put or bring in," from inn (adv.) "in" (see in). Meaning "a team's turn in a game" first recorded 1735, usually plural in cricket, singular in baseball.