1. The act or quality of being instant or pressing; urgency; solicitation; application; suggestion; motion.
  2. That which is instant or urgent; motive.
  3. Occasion; order of occurrence.
  4. That which offers itself or is offered as an illustrative case; something cited in proof or exemplification; a case occurring; an example.
  5. A token; a sign; a symptom or indication.

v. t.

  1. To mention as a case or example; to refer to; to cite; as, to instance a fact.

v. i.

  1. To give an example.