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1 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" [syn: case, example]
2 an item of information that is representative of a type; "this patient provides a typical example of the syndrome"; "there is an example on page 10" [syn: example, illustration, representative] v : clarify by giving an example of [syn: exemplify, illustrate]

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From instance.


  • RP: /ˈɪnstəns/


  1. A happening or occurring; an occurrence; an occasion.
    This has happened in three instances.
  2. A case occurring; a case offered as an exemplification or a precedent; an example; a token.
    It was the only instance in which a direct copy, even to matters of detail, appeared to have been made.
  3. A piece of evidence; proof.
  4. In object-oriented programming: a created object, one that has had memory allocated for local data storage; an instantiation of a class


a happening or occurring, an occurrence, an occasion
a case occurring, a case offered as an exemplification, an example
in computing
See also


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


Century 1911}}



  1. From instantia

Extensive Definition

Instantiation or instance may be
  • Philosophy:
instance in German: Instanz
instance in French: Instance
instance in Japanese: インスタンス化
instance in Norwegian: Instans
instance in Swedish: Instans

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