What does instance mean?

Definitions for instance
ˈɪn stənsin·stance

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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

GCIDE

  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.

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

Wiktionary

  1. instance(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From instance, from instantia, from instans; see instant.

  2. instance(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From instance, from instantia, from instans; see instant.

  3. instance(Noun)

    A recurring occasion, case etc.

    Etymology: From instance, from instantia, from instans; see instant.

  4. instance(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From instance, from instantia, from instans; see instant.

  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.

    Etymology: From instance, from instantia, from instans; see instant.

  6. instance(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From instance, from instantia, from instans; see instant.

  7. instance(Verb)

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

    Etymology: From instance, from instantia, from instans; see instant.

  8. instance(Verb)

    To cite an example as proof; to exemplify.

    Etymology: 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

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

  2. Instance(noun)

    that which is instant or urgent; motive

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

  3. Instance(noun)

    occasion; order of occurrence

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

  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

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

  5. Instance(noun)

    a token; a sign; a symptom or indication

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

  6. Instance(verb)

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

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

  7. Instance(verb)

    to give an example

    Etymology: [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

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Numerology

  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

Examples of instance in a Sentence

  1. Gregory Poling:

    It lets The US very clearly call out China's activities as illegal, not just destabilizing or unhelpful, but to say this is illegal, that helps partners like Vietnam and the Philippines, and it's going to put pressure on other countries -- the Europeans, for instance -- to get off the fence and say something themselves.

  2. Lion Shahab:

    There are statistical techniques available to do this, for instance using time-series analysis, which attempt to link changes in a putative risk factor with changes in the outcome of interest over time. This was not done here, second, even if such a link were found, correlation does not imply causation.

  3. Ewald Nowotny:

    There is always a lot of noise in such a situation and I think the important point is to distinguish the noise from the facts, for us, it is quite clear that we have certain conditions to be met. The one condition is ... whether we can accept for instance Greek assets, Greek bonds, as collateral. The answer is, for the time being: No.

  4. Joe Campanale:

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

  5. Dina Dosmukhanova:

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

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