[in-stuh ns] /ˈɪn stəns/
a case or occurrence of anything:
fresh instances of oppression.
an example put forth in proof or illustration:
to cite a few instances.
Law. the institution and prosecution of a case.
Archaic. urgency in speech or action.
Obsolete. an impelling motive.
verb (used with object), instanced, instancing.
to cite as an instance or example.
to exemplify by an instance.
verb (used without object), instanced, instancing.
to cite an instance.
at the instance of, at the urging or suggestion of:
He applied for the assistantship at the instance of his professor.
for instance, as an example; for example:
If you were to go to Italy, for instance, you would get a different perspective on our culture.
a case or particular example
for instance, for or as an example
a specified stage in proceedings; step (in the phrases in the first, second, etc, instance)
urgent request or demand (esp in the phrase at the instance of)
(archaic) motive or reason
to cite as an example
mid-14c., “urgency,” from Old French instance “eagerness, anxiety, solicitation” (13c.), from Latin instantia “presence, effort intention; earnestness, urgency,” literally “a standing near,” from instans (see instant). In Scholastic logic, “a fact or example” (early 15c.), from Medieval Latin instantia, used to translate Greek enstasis. This led to use in phrase for instance “as an example” (1650s), and the noun phrase To give (someone) a for instance (1953, American English).
see under for example
- Instance variable
programming In object-oriented programming, one of the variables of a class template which may have a different value for each object of that class. Instance variables hold the state of an object. (1998-01-16)
[in-stuh n-see] /ˈɪn stən si/ noun 1. quality of being ; urgency; pressing nature. 2. . /ˈɪnstənsɪ/ noun (rare) 1. the quality of being urgent or imminent 2. instantaneousness; immediateness
[in-stuh nt] /ˈɪn stənt/ noun 1. an infinitesimal or very short space of time; a moment: They arrived not an instant too soon. 2. the point of time now present or present with reference to some action or event. 3. a particular moment: at the instant of contact. 4. a food or beverage, especially coffee, […]
[in-stuh n-tey-nee-uh s] /ˌɪn stənˈteɪ ni əs/ adjective 1. occurring, done, or completed in an : an instantaneous response. 2. existing at or pertaining to a particular : the instantaneous position of the rocket. /ˌɪnstənˈteɪnɪəs/ adjective 1. occurring with almost no delay; immediate 2. happening or completed within a moment: instantaneous death 3. (maths) adj. […]