ETYM French instance, Latin instantia, from instans. Related to Instant.
1. That which offers itself or is offered as an illustrative case; something cited in proof or exemplification; a case occurring; an example.
2. Occasion; order of occurrence.
3. That which is instant or urgent; motive.
4. The act or quality of being instant or pressing; urgency; solicitation; application; suggestion; motion.
ETYM Cf. French occurrence. Related to Occur.
An instance of something occurring.