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.
2. often innings An opportunity to act or speak out; a chance for accomplishment.
[Middle English innynge, a getting in, from Old English innung, gerund of innian, to put in, from in, in; see IN1.]
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