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Meaning of INSTANCE

Pronunciation:  'instuns

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a single item of information that is representative of a type; "this patient provides a typical example of the syndrome"; "there is a good example on page 10"
  2. [n]  an occurrence of something; "it was a case of bad judgment"; "another instance occurred yesterday"; "but there is always the famous example of the Smiths"
  3. [v]  clarify by giving an example of

INSTANCE is a 8 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: case, example, example, exemplify, illustrate, illustration, representative
 See Also: apology, bit, case in point, clip, dilate, elaborate, enlarge, exception, excuse, expand, expatiate, exposit, expound, flesh out, happening, humiliation, information, lucubrate, mortification, natural event, occurrence, piece, precedent, quintessence, sample, specimen, time



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \In"stance\, n. [F. instance, L. instantia, fr.
    instans. See {Instant}.]
    1. The act or quality of being instant or pressing; urgency;
       solicitation; application; suggestion; motion.
             Undertook at her instance to restore them. --Sir W.
    2. That which is instant or urgent; motive. [Obs.]
             The instances that second marriage move Are base
             respects of thrift, but none of love. --Shak.
    3. Occasion; order of occurrence.
             These seem as if, in the time of Edward I., they
             were drawn up into the form of a law, in the first
             instance.                             --Sir M. Hale.
    4. That which offers itself or is offered as an illustrative
       case; something cited in proof or exemplification; a case
       occurring; an example.
             Most remarkable instances of suffering. --Atterbury.
    5. A token; a sign; a symptom or indication. --Shak.
    {Causes of instance}, those which proceed at the solicitation
       of some party. --Hallifax.
    {Court of first instance}, the court by which a case is first
    {For instance}, by way of example or illustration.
    {Instance Court} (Law), the Court of Admiralty acting within
       its ordinary jurisdiction, as distinguished from its
       action as a prize court.
    Syn: Example; case. See {Example}.
  2. \In"stance\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Instanced}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Instancing}.]
    To mention as a case or example; to refer to; to cite; as, to
    instance a fact. --H. Spenser.
          I shall not instance an abstruse author. --Milton.
  3. \In"stance\, v. i.
    To give an example. [Obs.]
          This story doth not only instance in kingdoms, but in
          families too.                            --Jer. Taylor.
Computing Dictionary

An individual object of a certain class. While a class is just the type definition, an actual usage of a class is called "instance". Each instance of a class can have different values for its instance variables, i.e. its state.

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