- Now Rare
- an enclosing or reclaiming, as of wasteland
- lands reclaimed, as from the sea
Origin of inningin + -ingBaseball, Cricket
- 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
- Informal the period of or opportunity for action, expression, exercise of authority, etc.: the election gave him his innings
Origin of inningMiddle English inninge ; from Old English innung, gerund, gerundive of innian, to get in, put in
- 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 in1.
- (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.
Variant of in
- contained or enclosed by; inside; within: in the room, in the envelope
- wearing; clothed by: to dress in one's best
- during the course of: done in a day
- at or before the end of: return in an hour
- perceptible to (one of the senses): the town is in sight; he told a lie in my hearing
- limited by the scope of: in my opinion
- being a member of or worker at: in the navy, in business
- being a student at: she's in college
- being an inmate of: to be in prison
- out of a group or set of: one in ten will fail
- amidst; surrounded by: in a storm, in total darkness
- affected by (a specified state or condition); having: he's in trouble; they were in tears
- engaged or occupied by (an activity or process): in a search for truth, deep in thought
- with regard to; as concerns: weak in faith, to vary in size, six feet two in height
- so as to form; arranged to produce the form or shape of: hair done in curls, standing in a line
- with; by; using: to paint in oils, written in English, sculpture done in wood
- because of; for: to cry in pain
- by way of; for the purpose of: do this in my defense
- as a part of the capacity or function of; belonging to: he didn't have it in him to cheat; can you find it in yourself to forgive her?
- into [break it in two; come in the house]: when the idea of motion from outside to inside is intended, into is generally preferred
- living or located at: vacationing in Venice
Origin of inMiddle English ; from Old English akin to German in ; from Indo-European base an unverified form en- from source Classical Greek en, Classical Latin in (OL en), Old Irish in, Old Church Slavonic on-, Sanskrit an-
- from a point outside to one inside: to invite visitors in
- to or toward a certain place or direction: he flies in today, they live ten miles in
- at or inside one's home, office, etc.: forced to stay in for a day
- so as to be contained by a certain space or condition
- so as to be in office or power
- so as to be agreeing or involved: he fell in with our plans
- so as to form a part: mix in the cream
- that is successful or in power: the in group
- inner; inside
- coming or going inside or inward: the in door, the in boat
- completed, gathered, counted, etc.: the votes are in
- Informal profiting to the extent of: to be in $100
- Informal currently smart, popular, fashionable, etc.: an in place to go
- Informal known to or able to be understood by only a certain group of people; inside (): an in joke
- a person, group, etc. that is in power, in office, or in a favored position: usually used in pl.
- ☆ Informal special influence or favor; pull
have it in for
ins and outs
- all the complex physical details of a place
- all the details and intricacies