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  • noun The fact or act of producing an instance, example, or specific application of a general classification, principle, theory, etc.
  • noun Something resulting from the act of instantiating; an instance.

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  • noun a representation of an idea in the form of an instance of it


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  • It can be argued, however, that this is simply an illusion, because the notion of instantiation in fact makes no sense except in relation to what is instantiated (a property) and what it is instantiated in (an individual).

    Existence Miller, Barry 2002

  • So, individuals cannot be eliminated by introducing the notion of instantiation, for that very notion is itself intelligible only in terms of individuals.

    Existence Miller, Barry 2002

  • In a nutshell, a class is an object with constructs instances through a process called instantiation, therefore defining the namespace, behavior, and state of that instance.

    Planet Python 2009

  • This process is called instantiation and requires using the new keyword in the following generalized code: var myVariableNam: DataType = new Class; Latest 15 Tutorials 2009

  • It's an improvisational, half-baked talk, and not held to the standards of proof, wholehearted conviction, or instantiation that we'd otherwise expect.

    Pamela Haag, Ph.D.: The Bullshit Paradox Ph.D. Pamela Haag 2011

  • The instantiation might be custom hardware if performance is a concern, or CPU+software if circumstances warrant.

    Paul Graham on Software Patents, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty 2009

  • Over the last two decades, predictions about the social effects of the Internet have ranged from cybernetic anarchy (both utopian and distopian) to the instantiation of a fascistic regime of surveillance that would make Orwell look like a piker. I'll Be Speaking in London on Nov. 17 2009

  • In either case, the functionality is identical, so claiming that a patent on the hardware version is good while a patent on the software instantiation is verboten seems to me to be a false dichotomy.

    Paul Graham on Software Patents, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty 2009

  • I know enough about this issue to know that ESEA is the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the main federal law authorizing federal financial assistance to schools whose most recent instantiation is also known as No Child Left Behind.

    Matthew Yglesias » The Pointlessness of Reading Bills 2009

  • Wherein the Concept of Rod Logic is described, and the instantiation of the elementary logical Gates is shewn.

    December « 2009 « The Half-Baked Maker 2009


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