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.
In·stance, v. i. To give an example. [Obs.]
This story doth not only instance in kingdoms, but in families too. --Jer. Taylor.
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.
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]