- [pl. for Cricket, with sing. or pl. v.]
- the period of play in which a team has a turn at bat, completed in baseball by three outs and in cricket by ten outs
- a numbered round of play in which both teams have a turn at bat: a baseball game normally consists of nine innings, and a cricket game of two innings
- [often pl.]Informal the period of or opportunity for action, expression, exercise of authority, etc.: the election gave him his innings
Origin of inningin + -ing
- a. Baseball One of nine divisions or periods of a regulation game, in which each team has a turn at bat as limited by three outs.b. innings used with a sing. verb Sports The division or period of a cricket game during which one team is at bat.
- often innings An opportunity to act or speak out; a chance for accomplishment.
Origin of inningMiddle English innynge a getting in from Old English innung gerund of innian to put in from in in ; see in 1.
- (baseball) A period of play in which members of a visiting baseball team attempt to hit a baseball pitched by the opposing home team until three players are called out, followed by a similar attempt by members of the home baseball team against the visiting team's pitching. There are nine or more innings in a regulation baseball game.
- It is a baseball tradition to sing "Take Me Out To the Ball Game" during the seventh inning stretch.
- (softball) A similar period of play.
- We batted around in our half of the inning.
- (billiards) A player (team)'s turn at the table to make shots until ended by a miss or a foul.
- A chance or opportunity to perform some deed or act.
- We are in just the second inning of our quest to enter this new market.
Back-formation from innings, mistaken to be plural of the time period, not the entries of the batters/batsmen.