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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 in·stance /ˈɪn(t)stən(t)s/

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From: Network Terminology


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.
    I shall not instance an abstruse author.   --Milton.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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)

 In·stance n.
 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; as, we could find no instance of poisoning in the town within the past year.
    Most remarkable instances of suffering.   --Atterbury.
 5. A token; a sign; a symptom or indication.
 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; for example.
 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) 2.0

      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: an item of information that is representative of a type;
         "this patient provides a typical example of the syndrome";
         "there is an example on page 10" [syn: example, illustration,
      v : clarify by giving an example of [syn: exemplify, illustrate]