An example of instance is a specific situation in which bad judgment is expressed; it is an instance of bad judgment.
- an example; case; illustration
- a step in proceeding; occasion or case: in the first instance
- Archaic an urgent plea; persistent solicitation
- Obs. a motive; cause
- Obs. a token or sign
- Law a process or proceeding in a court; suit
Origin of instanceMiddle English instaunce from Old French instance from Classical Latin instantia, a standing upon or near, being present from instans: see instant
transitive verb-·stanced, -·stanc·ing
- to show by means of an instance; exemplify
- to use as an example; cite
at the instance of
- a. An example that is cited to prove or invalidate a contention or illustrate a point. See Synonyms at example.b. A case or an occurrence: In all such instances, let conscience be your guide.
- A step in a process or series of events: You should apply in the first instance to the personnel manager.
- a. A suggestion or request: called at the instance of his attorney.b. Archaic Urgent solicitation or entreaty.
transitive verbin·stanced, in·stanc·ing, in·stanc·es
- To offer as an example; cite: “I assured her that I was interested in garbage, and instanced the fact that I had once been a garbage inspector myself” ( Jane Addams )
- To demonstrate or show by an example; exemplify: “how absurd it often is to cite a single line from … a poem for the purpose of instancing the perfection or imperfection of the line's rhythm” ( Edgar Allan Poe )
Origin of instanceMiddle English instaunce from Old French instance request, instant and from Medieval Latin īnstantia example both from Latin presence from īnstāns īnstant- present ; see instant .
- Sir Walter Scott
- […] undertook at her instance to restore them.
- Occasion; order of occurrence.
- A case offered as an exemplification or a precedent; an illustrative example. [from 16th c.]
- One of a series of recurring occasions, cases, essentially the same.
- (computing) In object-oriented programming: a created object, one that has had memory allocated for local data storage; an instantiation of a class. [from 20th c.]
- (massively multiplayer online games) A dungeon or other area that is duplicated for each player, or each party of players, that enters it, so that each player or party has a private copy of the area, isolated from other players.
- (massively multiplayer online games) An individual copy of such a dungeon or other area.
(third-person singular simple present instances, present participle instancing, simple past and past participle instanced)
instance - Computer Definition
(1) A single copy of a running program. Multiple instances of a program mean that the program has been loaded into memory several times.
(2) In object technology, a member of a class; for example, "Lassie" is an instance of the class "dog." When an instance is created, the initial values of its instance variables are assigned.