Instance meaning

ĭnstəns
To offer as an example; cite.
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(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.]
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An example; case; illustration.
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Instance is defined as an occurrence of something, or a specific situation, happening or event.

An example of instance is a specific situation in which bad judgment is expressed; it is an instance of bad judgment.

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A step in proceeding; occasion or case.

In the first instance.

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A step in a process or series of events.

You should apply in the first instance to the personnel manager.

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(archaic) An urgent plea; persistent solicitation.
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A case offered as an exemplification or a precedent; an illustrative example. [from 16th c.]
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One of a series of recurring occasions, cases, essentially the same.
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(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.
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To mention as a case or example; to refer to; to cite; as, to instance a fact.
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(intransitive) To cite an example as proof; to exemplify.
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To demonstrate or show by an example; exemplify.
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(obs.) A motive; cause.
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(obs.) A token or sign.
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(law) A process or proceeding in a court; suit.
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To show by means of an instance; exemplify.
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To use as an example; cite.
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(1) A single copy of a running program. Multiple instances of a program mean that the program has been loaded into memory several times.
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Sir Walter Scott.

[…] undertook at her instance to restore them.

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Occasion; order of occurrence.
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(massively multiplayer online games) An individual copy of such a dungeon or other area.
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for instance
  • As an example; for example.
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at the instance of
  • at the suggestion or instigation of
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for instance
  • as an example; by way of illustration
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Origin of instance

  • Middle English instaunce from Old French instance request, instant and from Medieval Latin īnstantia example both from Latin presence from īnstāns īnstant- present instant

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French instance, from Latin instantia (“a being near, presence, also perseverance, earnestness, importunity, urgency”), from instans (“urgent”); see instant.

    From Wiktionary