verb (used with object), in·stanced, in·stanc·ing.
verb (used without object), in·stanced, in·stanc·ing.
- installment buying,
- installment plan,
- instant camera,
- instant message,
- instant messaging
Origin of instance
Examples from the Web for instances
There are instances in which private rehoming works out fine and is the best solution for the struggling family and the children.
Ares said there are instances where savvy gankers manage to exploit loopholes.The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks|M.L. Nestel|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In other instances, naked detainees were hooded and dragged up and down corridors while subject to physical abuse.The Most Gruesome Moments in the CIA ‘Torture Report’|Shane Harris, Tim Mak|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Of course, even the proponents of these laws admitted there were no instances of Muslims trying to impose Islamic law.
There have also been instances during this air war when combat aircraft are not available in time to strike a target that pops up.Air Force Pilots Say They're Flying Blind Against ISIS|Dave Majumdar|October 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Ehwald favoured quod (KB 48), but all except one of the passages he cited are instances of quod superest or quod reliquum est.
The crevices where racers hibernate are known to be several feet deep in some instances, extending well below the frost line.Natural History of the Racer Coluber constrictor|Henry S. Fitch
The slaves advertised, in some instances, to my own knowledge, belong to Secessionists in Prices army.Charles Sumner; his complete works, volume 7 (of 20)|Charles Sumner
I want you to notice the contrast, and that is why I have mentioned these instances of what I may call his animal bravery.Amos Huntingdon|T.P. Wilson
The flat but narrow leaves of Jonquils, Daffodils, and the cylindrical leaf of Onions are other instances.The Elements of Botany|Asa Gray
- 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.