['ɪnst(ə)ns] or ['ɪnstəns]
(n.) The act or quality of being instant or pressing; urgency; solicitation; application; suggestion; motion.
(n.) That which is instant or urgent; motive.
(n.) Occasion; order of occurrence.
(n.) That which offers itself or is offered as an illustrative case; something cited in proof or exemplification; a case occurring; an example.
(n.) A token; a sign; a symptom or indication.
(v. t.) To mention as a case or example; to refer to; to cite; as, to instance a fact.
(v. i.) To give an example.
Typed by Josephine
Synonyms and Synonymous
n. . Solicitation, request, urgency, prompting, importunity, instigation, incitement.. Example, exemplification, illustration, case in point.. Time, occasion, occurrence.
v. a. Mention as an instance, bring forward as an example.
Edited by Brent
Synonyms and Antonyms
SYN:Entreaty, request, prompting, persuasion, example, solicitation, case,illustration, exemplification, occurrence, point, precedence
ANT:Dissuasion, deprecation, warning, rule, statement, principle,misexemplification
Edited by Lizzie
n. quality of being urgent: solicitation: occurrence: occasion: example: (Shak.) evidence proof.—v.t. to mention as an example.—n. In′stancy insistency.—adj. Instan′tial (rare).—At the instance of at the motion or solicitation of; For instance to take as an example.
- For instance, if he took his supper after a hard day, to the Dead March in Saul, his food might be likely to sit heavy on him. Charles Dickens. Our Mutual Friend.
- I am also to take it as a matter of fact that the proposal to withdraw from the engagement came, in the first instance, from YOU? Wilkie Collins. The Moonstone.
- Permit me to mention one little instance, which, though it relates to myself, will not be quite uninteresting to you. Benjamin Franklin. Memoirs of Benjamin Franklin.
- In connection with the adoption of this lubricating system there occurred another instance of his knowledge of materials and intuitive insight into the nature of things. Frank Lewis Dyer. Edison, His Life and Inventions.
- He obtruded himself upon us in the first instance. Charles Dickens. Little Dorrit.
- My footman was at that instance setting off for my sister and Dr. Bain: and my good housekeeper was in tears. Harriette Wilson. The Memoirs of Harriette Wilson.
- In the present instance, a worse feeling than either of these actuated the leader. Mary Shelley. The Last Man.
- All other things, our powers our desires, our food, are all really necessary for our existence in the first instance. Arthur Conan Doyle. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes.
- Laughing and pressing her arm, he retorted: 'But still, again for instance; would you exercise that power? Charles Dickens. Our Mutual Friend.
- The enemy had not dared to come out of his line at any point to follow up his advantage, except in the single instance of his attack on Barlow. Ulysses S. Grant. Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant.
- Numerous instances could be given. Charles Darwin. On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.
- Such instances save us from utter despair of our kind. Harriet Beecher Stowe. Uncle Tom's Cabin.
- These were instances of friendship for which any man might reasonably feel most grateful. Charles Dickens. The Pickwick Papers.
- When this date approaches bands of natives set out from their primitive homes and go, in many instances, hundreds of miles into the forest lowlands. Various. The Wonder Book of Knowledge.
- I have met with striking instances of the rule in the case of varieties intermediate between well-marked varieties in the genus Balanus. Charles Darwin. On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.
- Many similar instances could be given. Charles Darwin. On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.
- It must, however, be admitted that in many instances we cannot conjecture whether it was instinct or structure which first varied. Charles Darwin. On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.
- Instances might be multiplied of this easily gained and unconscious popularity. William Makepeace Thackeray. Vanity Fair.
- I have providentially been the means of removing him from several houses: though in one or two instances I did not arrive in time. William Makepeace Thackeray. Vanity Fair.
- The device is so arranged that the air current is caused to take either direction through the tube; and in some instances gravity may be used to assist a vacuum formed behind the carrier. William Henry Doolittle. Inventions in the Century.
- I have already instanced the case of the entire disintegration of a regiment whose colonel I met at Farmville. Ulysses S. Grant. Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant.
- Louisa said he was a love of a creature, and she adored him; and Mary instanced his pretty little mouth, and nice nose, as her ideal of the charming. Charlotte Bronte. Jane Eyre.
- Gerty instanced her generous impulses--her restlessness and discontent. Edith Wharton. The House of Mirth.