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noun 
  1. A happening or occurring; an occurrence; an occasion.
This has happened in three instances.
  1. A case occurring; a case offered as an exemplification or a precedent; an example; a token.
It was the only in which a direct copy, even to matters of detail, appeared to have been made.
  1. (obsolete) A piece of evidence; proof.
  2. (computing) In object-oriented programming: a created object, one that has had memory allocated for local data storage; an instantiation of a class
verb (instanc, ing)
  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.
Etymology: From French, instance.


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