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Meaning of instance by Wiktionary Dictionary


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


    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈɪnstəns/


    instance ( plural: instances )

    1. ( obsolete ) Urgency of manner or words; an urgent request; insistence. [14th-19th c.]
    2. A case offered as an exemplification or a precedent; an illustrative example. [from 16th c.]
    3. A recurring occasion, case etc.
    4. ( obsolete ) A piece of evidence; a proof or sign ( of something ). [16th-18th c.]
    5. ( 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.]
    6. ( computer science ) A question that can be asked in the context of a computational problem.[1]

    See also

    • ( computing ) closure, class, object

    See also

    1. ^ Instances are questions that we can ask, and solutions are desired answers to these questions. See Models


    instance ( third-person singular simple present instances present participle instancing, simple past and past participle instanced )

    1. ( transitive ) To mention as a case or example; to refer to; to cite; as, to instance a fact .
    2. ( intransitive ) To cite an example as proof; to exemplify .

    See also

    • instance in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
    • instance in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913



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Explanation of instance by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. clarify by giving an example of

    1. an item of information that is typical of a class or group

    2. an occurrence of something

    3. another instance occurred yesterday