* enstance, enstaunce, instaunce (all obsolete)
(obsolete) Urgency of manner or words; an urgent request; insistence.
* Sir Walter Scott
- I know one very well alied, to whom, at the instance of a brother of his.
(obsolete) A token; a sign; a symptom or indication.
- undertook at her instance to restore them.
(obsolete) That which is urgent; motive.
- It sends some precious instance of itself/ After the thing it loves. Hamlet IV. v. ca. 1602
Occasion; order of occurrence.
* Sir M. Hale
- The instances that second marriage move / Are base respects of thrift, but none of love.
A case offered as an exemplification or a precedent; an illustrative example.
- These seem as if, in the time of Edward I., they were drawn up into the form of a law, in the first instance .
- most remarkable instances of suffering
One of a series of recurring occasions, cases, essentially the same.
* 2010 , The Guardian , 11 Oct 2010:
- sometimes we love those that are absent, saith Philostratus, and gives instance in his friend Athenodorus, that loved a maid at Corinth whom he never saw
(obsolete) A piece of evidence; a proof or sign (of something).
* c. 1594 , William Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors :
- The organisations claim fraudsters are targeting properties belonging to both individuals and companies, in some instances using forged documents.
(computing) In object-oriented programming: a created object, one that has had memory allocated for local data storage; an instantiation of a class.
(massively multiplayer online games) A dungeon or other area that is duplicated for each player, or each party of players, that enters it, so that each player or party has a private copy of the area, isolated from other players.
* 2006 September 1, "Dan" (username), "
- The reason that I gather he is mad, Besides this present instance of his rage, Is a mad tale he told to day at dinner [...].
Re: DPS Classes: Why should I heal you?", in alt.games.warcraft, Usenet:
* 2010 , , Online Multiplayer Games , Morgan & Claypool, ISBN 9781608451425, page 26:
- As long as the most difficult instance you've tried is Gnomeregan, you're never going to be credible talking about 'difficult encounters'.
* 2012 , anonymous gamer quoted in Andrew Ee & Hichang Cho, "
- For example, when a team of five players enters the Sunken Temple instance in World of Warcraft , they will battle many monsters, but they will not encounter other players even though several teams of players may be experiencing the Sunken Temple at the same time.
What Makes an MMORPG Leader? A Social Cognitive Theory-Based Approach to Understanding the Formation of Leadership Capabilities in Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games", Eludamos , volume 6, page 31:
(massively multiplayer online games) An individual copy of such a dungeon or other area.
* 2005 January 11, Patrick B., "
- Beating a difficult instance becomes second nature after running through it…a few times, with good leaders knowing exactly what to do and how to co-ordinate member actions.
Re: Instance dungeons", in alt.games.warcraft, Usenet:
* 2005 December 6, "Rene" (username), "
- The instance is created for the group that enters it.
Re: Does group leader affect drops?", in alt.games.warcraft, Usenet:
* 2010 , Anthony Steed & Manuel Fradinho Oliveira, Networked Graphics: Building Networked Games and Virtual Environments , Elsevier, ISBN 978-0-12-374423-4, page 398:
- As soon as the first player enters (spawns) a new instance , it appears that the loottable is somehow chosen.
- A castle on the eastern edge of the island spawns a new instance whenever a party of players enters.
* at the instance of
* in the first instance
* in this instance
* for instance
* (computing) closure, class, object
To mention as a case or example; to refer to; to cite; as, to instance a fact.
* 1946 , E. M. Butler, Rainer Maria Rilke ,
To cite an example as proof; to exemplify.
- The poems which I have instanced are concrete and relatively glaring examples of the intangible difference which the change of language made in Rilke's visions .
That which is not an instance; an occurrence of something other than what is looked for.