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instance


  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Instance  \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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Instance  \In"stance\,  v.  i. 
  To  give  an  example.  [Obs.] 
 
  This  story  doth  not  only  instance  in  kingdoms,  but  in 
  families  too  --Jer.  Taylor. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Instance  \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. 
  Scott. 
 
  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 
  tried 
 
  {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}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  instance 
  n  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:  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"  [syn:  {example}, 
  {illustration},  {representative}] 
  v  :  clarify  by  giving  an  example  of  [syn:  {exemplify},  {illustrate}] 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  instance 
 
    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}. 
 
  (1998-03-06) 
 
 




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