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Etymology

From Old French instance.

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
instance

Plural
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instance ({{{1}}})
  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. (obsolete) A piece of evidence; proof.
  4. (computing) In object-oriented programming: a created object, one that has had memory allocated for local data storage; an instantiation of a class

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Verb

Infinitive
to instance

Third person singular
instanc

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to instance (third-person singular simple present instanc, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To mention as a case or example; to refer to; to cite; as, to instance a fact.
  2. (intransitive) To cite an example as proof; to exemplify.

References

  • "instance" at The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.

instance” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.


French

Etymology

  1. From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] instantia
  2. (computing) From English instance.

Pronunciation

Noun

instance f. (plural instances)

  1. pressing solicitation
  2. prosecution
  3. (computing, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) instance

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