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
They just reflect the range of breeds that were used to create the Heck cattle in the first instance.
For instance, Best Buy has over 40 million members in its customer loyalty program, Reward Zone.
For instance, how do you balance honesty with any protective urge?Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination|Mindy Farabee|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
El Bulli, for instance, previously named the best restaurant in the world, shuttered its doors after only a few decades.
This happens, for instance, in one out of five vaccinations against rubella.
We glance over the record of the Cecils, for instance, to find that the present Marquis Pg.James Watt|Andrew Carnegie
So these men of the fifteenth century had to teach themselves, in the first instance, the very elements of this knowledge.Renaissance Fancies and Studies|Violet Paget (AKA Vernon Lee)
The notation for the lute, for instance, was invented about 1460 to 1500.Critical & Historical Essays|Edward MacDowell
And in this instance the fourth copy was not used, is that correct?Warren Commission (7 of 26): Hearings Vol. VII (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
For instance, behind the plaster is the modern metal lath so superior to the old wooden variety.If You're Going to Live in the Country|Thomas H. Ormsbee and Richmond Huntley
British Dictionary definitions for instance
- an expression derived from another by instantiation
- See substitution (def. 4b)
Word Origin for instance
Word Origin and History 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).
Idioms and Phrases with instance
see under for example.