What does instance mean?

Definitions for instanceˈɪn stəns

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word instance.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. case, instance, example(noun)

    an occurrence of something

    "it was a case of bad judgment"; "another instance occurred yesterday"; "but there is always the famous example of the Smiths"

  2. example, illustration, instance, representative(verb)

    an item of information that is typical of a class or group

    "this patient provides a typical example of the syndrome"; "there is an example on page 10"

  3. exemplify, illustrate, instance(verb)

    clarify by giving an example of


  1. Instance(n.)

    That which offers itself or is offered as an illustrative case; something cited in proof or exemplification; a case occurring; an example; as, we could find no instance of poisoning in the town within the past year.

  2. Origin: [F. instance, L. instantia, fr. instans. See Instant.]


  1. instance(Noun)

    Urgency of manner or words; an urgent request; insistence.

  2. instance(Noun)

    A case offered as an exemplification or a precedent; an illustrative example.

  3. instance(Noun)

    A recurring occasion, case etc.

  4. instance(Noun)

    A piece of evidence; a proof or sign (of something).

  5. instance(Noun)

    In object-oriented programming: a created object, one that has had memory allocated for local data storage; an instantiation of a class.

  6. instance(Noun)

    A question that can be asked in the context of a computational problem.

  7. instance(Verb)

    To mention as a case or example; to refer to; to cite; as, to instance a fact.

  8. instance(Verb)

    To cite an example as proof; to exemplify.

  9. Origin: From instance, from instantia, from instans; see instant.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Instance(noun)

    the act or quality of being instant or pressing; urgency; solicitation; application; suggestion; motion

  2. Instance(noun)

    that which is instant or urgent; motive

  3. Instance(noun)

    occasion; order of occurrence

  4. Instance(noun)

    that which offers itself or is offered as an illustrative case; something cited in proof or exemplification; a case occurring; an example

  5. Instance(noun)

    a token; a sign; a symptom or indication

  6. Instance(verb)

    to mention as a case or example; to refer to; to cite; as, to instance a fact

  7. Instance(verb)

    to give an example

  8. Origin: [F. instance, L. instantia, fr. instans. See Instant.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Instance

    in′stans, n. quality of being urgent: solicitation: occurrence: occasion: example: (Shak.) evidence, proof.—v.t. to mention as an example.—n. In′stancy, insistency.—adj. Instan′tial (rare).—At the instance of, at the motion or solicitation of; For instance, to take as an example. [O. Fr.,—L. instantiainstans.]

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'instance' in Nouns Frequency: #1247

Anagrams for instance »

  1. ancients, canniest, catenins, insectan, tenascin


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of instance in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of instance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Franklin P. Jones:

    You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.

  2. Mark Twain:

    I cannot call to mind a single instance where I have ever been irreverent, except toward the things which were sacred to other people.

  3. Manuel Roxas:

    The cooperation of our people was very noticeable, we did not see, for instance, price increases, hoarding and looting of shops and petrol stations.

  4. Nancy Young:

    It may not be covered, or well covered, by insurance, if the child is funded through public aid, for instance, there may not be providers in the area that will dispense hearing aids.

  5. The NFL players union:

    the repetitive use of a switch in this instance is the functional equivalent of a weapon, particularly in the hands of someone with the strength of an accomplished professional athlete.

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