Definition of Instance

1. Noun. An occurrence of something. "But there is always the famous example of the Smiths"

Exact synonyms: Case, Example
Generic synonyms: Happening, Natural Event, Occurrence, Occurrent
Specialized synonyms: Humiliation, Mortification, Bit, Piece, Clip, Time
Derivative terms: Exemplify, Instantiate, Instantiate

2. Verb. Clarify by giving an example of.

3. Noun. An item of information that is typical of a class or group. "There is an example on page 10"

Definition of Instance

1. n. The act or quality of being instant or pressing; urgency; solicitation; application; suggestion; motion.

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

3. v. i. To give an example.

Definition of Instance

1. Noun. (obsolete) Urgency of manner or words; an urgent request; insistence. (defdate 14th-19th c.) ¹

2. Noun. A case offered as an exemplification or a precedent; an illustrative example. (defdate from 16th c.) ¹

3. Noun. A recurring occasion, case etc. ¹

4. Noun. (obsolete) A piece of evidence; a proof or sign (of something). (defdate 16th-18th c.) ¹

5. Noun. (computing) In object-oriented programming: a created object, one that has had memory allocated for local data storage; an instantiation of a class. (defdate from 20th c.) ¹

6. Noun. (computer science) A question that can be asked in the context of a computational problem.Instances are questions that we can ask, and solutions are desired answers to these questions. See Models ¹

7. Verb. (transitive) To mention as a case or example; to refer to; to cite; as, to instance a fact. ¹

8. Verb. (intransitive) To cite an example as proof; to exemplify. ¹

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Definition of Instance

1. to cite as an example [v -STANCED, -STANCING, -STANCES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Instance

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installment plan
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Literary usage of Instance

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The woman in white by Wilkie Collins (1871)
"Miss Halcombe left me, .with the intention of speaking, in the first instance, to the farmer's wife (of whose friendly readiness to help her in any way she ..."

2. Macbeth by William Shakespeare, Samuel Thurber (1896)
"77. The word other is frequently used by the poet in ways now obsolete. With this instance compare Ham. i, 1, 108; Oth. iv, 2, 13. See also Mac. i, ..."

3. The Novels of Jane Austen by Jane Austen (1892)
"... was exactly what he had wished for; and that an opportunity of doing it should be given so soon, was such an instance of Lady Catherine's condescension, ..."

4. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1904)
"For instance, in the case of Section С the officers of the American Chemical ... For instance, there is no reason why there should not be an American ..."

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