Definitions for instanceˈɪn stəns

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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. Dina Dosmukhanova:

    There will be no revolt here - like in Ukraine, for instance.

  2. Radovan Karadzic:

    It did not occur to anyone to investigate the high instance of malignancy.

  3. Rakesh Kaushal:

    It's the first instance of its kind in my area. It's a sensitive border here.

  4. Franklin P. Jones:

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

  5. Joe Campanale:

    For instance, if a 750ml costs $20, the magnum (2 bottles) will probably cost us $50.

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Translations for instance

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • осраҡBashkir
  • instanceCzech
  • InstanzGerman
  • περίπτωση, κρούσμα, φορά, περιστατικό, στιγµιότυποGreek
  • caso, ejemploSpanish
  • juhtum, näideEstonian
  • adibideBasque
  • instanssi, esimerkki, tapausFinnish
  • contohIndonesian
  • voorbeeld, voorvalDutch
  • zdarzenie, okazjaPolish
  • ocasião, instância, exemplo, ocorrênciaPortuguese
  • întâmplare, instanță, exemplu, incident, circumstanță, ocazie, cazRomanian
  • инста́нция, образе́ц, экземпля́р, приме́р, слу́чайRussian
  • primjer, primjerakSerbo-Croatian

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