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[in-ing] /ˈɪn ɪŋ/
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)
  1. 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.
  2. 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
before 900; Middle English inninge, Old English innung a getting in, equivalent to inn(ian) to go in + -ung -ing1 Unabridged
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  • She felt exceedingly bitter toward Eugene, and was rejoicing that at last she was beginning to have her innings.

    The "Genius" Theodore Dreiser
  • They tossed for the first innings, and the English club won it.

    The Fixed Period Anthony Trollope
  • His last over in that first innings of the Inimitables, however, was the crowning point in his victorious career.

    Tom Finch's Monkey John C. Hutcheson
  • Mark next has an innings, and tells some of his stage stories.

    The History of "Punch" M. H. Spielmann
  • Within a few minutes the innings victory would be won or lost.

    Tell England Ernest Raymond
  • The game began, and for three innings Yale had the advantage.

    Frank Merriwell's Races Burt L. Standish
British Dictionary definitions for innings


(functioning as sing) (cricket)
  1. the batting turn of a player or team
  2. the runs scored during such a turn
(sometimes sing) a period of opportunity or action
(functioning as pl) 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
Old English innung a going in, from innian to go in
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for innings



  1. A chance for action or participation (1884+)
  2. A round of a prizefight (1920+)

[fr baseball; the British term, fr cricket, is always innings and is found by 1836]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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