What does instance mean?

Definitions for instance
ˈɪn stənsin·stance

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. case, instance, examplenoun

    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, representativeverb

    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, instanceverb

    clarify by giving an example of

GCIDE

  1. Instancenoun

    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. instancenoun

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

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

  2. instancenoun

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

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

  3. instancenoun

    A recurring occasion, case etc.

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

  4. instancenoun

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

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

  5. instancenoun

    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. instancenoun

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

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

  7. instanceverb

    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. instanceverb

    To cite an example as proof; to exemplify.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Instancenoun

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

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

  2. Instancenoun

    that which is instant or urgent; motive

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

  3. Instancenoun

    occasion; order of occurrence

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

  4. Instancenoun

    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. Instancenoun

    a token; a sign; a symptom or indication

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

  6. Instanceverb

    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. Instanceverb

    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.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  1. ancients, canniest, catenins, insectan, tenascin

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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. Maria Hernandez:

    Maduro's measures won't solve this crisis, it's too late, today, for instance, the queue is longer than it was yesterday.

  2. Sonalie Figueiras:

    In the US, you've had this sort of wellness and health scene for years now with Whole Foods and the yoga movement, paleo and crossfit, in Hong Kong for instance, all of that 10 years is compressed into one and a half years. It's just been an astronomical shift here. Anywhere that you have a concentration of Type-A, highly educated, very well traveled people you get this focus on self-improvement.

  3. Adele Douglass:

    The Certified Humane label covers animals from birth through slaughter, …organic standards call for ‘outdoor access’. Except in the instance of cows, it is not very specific.

  4. Melvin Adams:

    As I understand, there was a difference between the marked delegate list and actual ballot count( in once instance) and a ballot that seems to have been fraudulently cast( in another), with a total discrepancy being a matter of two( 2) raw votes.

  5. Nick Longrich:

    The fossil record is incomplete enough that if you’re in a new area or a new time, there’s a fair chance that the dinosaurs there are going to be distinct, Steven Jasinski said. For instance, scientists might discover a toe from a brand new species, but such subtle differences may be unrecognizable or impossible to prove. [ T ] hings that we call separate species today would be very, very hard to tell apart based on their skeleton( crow versus raven, for example).

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