from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. 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.
  • n. Sports The division or period of a cricket game during which one team is at bat.
  • n. An opportunity to act or speak out; a chance for accomplishment. Often used in the plural with singular or plural verb.
  • n. The reclamation of flooded or marshy land.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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.
  • n. A similar period of play.
  • n. A player (or team)'s turn at the table to make shots until ended by a miss or a foul.
  • n. A chance or opportunity to perform some deed or act.
  • n. Lands recovered from the sea.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Ingathering; harvesting.
  • n. The state or turn of being in; specifically, in cricket, baseball, etc., each period during which both teams get one turn each at bat; -- often in the pl.
  • n. Lands recovered from the sea.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bringing or taking in; an ingathering, as of grain; a winning or gaining.
  • n. The time during which a person or party is in, or in action, in a game or an operation; a turn: usually (in Great Britain always) in the plural form, whether with a singular or a plural sense.
  • n. The term of office of a person; the time during which a party is in power; more generally, any opportunity for activity or influence: as, it is your innings now.
  • n. Land inclosed, when recovered from the sea.
  • n. The process of taking in; specifically, the reclaiming of marshy land by draining and banking and fitting it for bearing crops; also the land so reclaimed.
  • n. The act or process of getting in, as crops; harvesting.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (baseball) one of nine divisions of play during which each team has a turn at bat


Middle English innynge, a getting in, from Old English innung, gerund of innian, to put in, from in, in; see in1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Back-formation from innings, mistaken to be plural of the time period, not the entries of the batters/batsmen. (Wiktionary)



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