verb (used with object), in·stanced, in·stanc·ing.
verb (used without object), in·stanced, in·stanc·ing.
Origin of instance
Examples from the Web for instance
Contemporary Examples of instance
They just reflect the range of breeds that were used to create the Heck cattle in the first instance.‘Nazi Cows’ Tried to Kill British Farmer
January 6, 2015
For instance, Best Buy has over 40 million members in its customer loyalty program, Reward Zone.Best Buy Punches Back at Amazon
December 27, 2014
For instance, how do you balance honesty with any protective urge?Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination
December 26, 2014
El Bulli, for instance, previously named the best restaurant in the world, shuttered its doors after only a few decades.Inside The World’s 10 Oldest Restaurants
December 20, 2014
This happens, for instance, in one out of five vaccinations against rubella.Uh Oh: Ebola Vaccine Trials Stop
December 19, 2014
Historical Examples of instance
Don't you think I might find some stored away in the cellar, for instance?Brave and Bold
To Kate, for instance, she was a necessity of existence, like light or air.
I know that in Paris, for instance, I myself have no temptations.
For instance, take a concrete case; so best can we illustrate.'Tis Sixty Years Since
Charles Francis Adams
When large shipments of gold were to be made, for instance, he was often warned beforehand.Way of the Lawless
- an expression derived from another by instantiation
- See substitution (def. 4b)
Word Origin for instance
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.