Inning Definition

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.
Webster's New World
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.
Webster's New World
The period of or opportunity for action, expression, exercise of authority, etc.
The election gave him his innings.
Webster's New World
An opportunity to act or speak out; a chance for accomplishment.
American Heritage

Origin of Inning

  • Middle English innynge a getting in from Old English innung gerund of innian to put in from in in in1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Back-formation from innings, mistaken to be plural of the time period, not the entries of the batters/batsmen.

    From Wiktionary

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