1. In the place or room; -- usually followed by of.
Let thistles grow of wheat. --Job xxxi. 40.
Absalom made Amasa captain of the host instead of Joab. --2 Sam. xvii. 25.
2. Equivalent; equal to; -- usually with of. [R.]
This very consideration to a wise man is instead of a thousand arguments, to satisfy him, that in those times no such thing was believed. --Tillotson.
adv 1: in place of, or as an alternative to; "Felix became a
herpetologist instead"; "alternatively we could buy a
used car" [syn: alternatively, as an alternative,
2: on the contrary; "rather than disappoint the children, he
did two quick tricks before he left"; "he didn't call;
rather (or instead), he wrote her a letter"; "used English
terms instead of Latin ones" [syn: rather]