What does instance mean?

Definitions for instance
ˈɪn stənsin·stance

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

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

Anagrams for instance »

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How to say instance in sign language?

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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. Thomas Mandrup:

    The big elephant in the room here is political will - the will to deploy without national consent, for instance.

  2. Louise Ferreira:

    He might not have been found guilty of murder, but it was yet another instance of a South African woman killed by an intimate partner, and I don't believe the time he spent in prison reflects the severity either of his crime or the epidemic of violence against women.

  3. Krister Smith:

    It’s important to recognize that there’s nothing mystical about the pineal and parapineal organs, they can sense light and play a role in the endocrine system. However, some of the abilities conferred by the pineal are really quite extraordinary. For instance, some lower vertebrates can sense the polarization of light with the third eye and use this to orient themselves geographically.

  4. John Bercow:

    You have to accept that in the democratic world you do business with whoever is elected, and in this instance, in relations with the US, Britain has let France steal a march on it.

  5. Ryan Hyer:

    Every time I close my eyes, I picture her suffering and then I picture her laying in this coffin, i still see her smiling and laughing in my head and I would assume that smile and laughter turned to pain and suffering in that instance.

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