Definitions for: Performance

[n] any recognized accomplishment; "they admired his performance under stress"; "when Roger Maris powered four home runs in one game his performance merits awe"
[n] the act of performing; of doing something successfully; using knowledge as distinguished from merely possessing it; "they criticised his performance as mayor"; "experience generally improves performance"
[n] the act of presenting a play or a piece of music or other entertainment; "we congratulated him on his performance at the rehearsal"; "an inspired performance of Mozart's C minor concerto"
[n] a dramatic or musical entertainment; "they listened to ten different performances"; "the play ran for 100 performances"; "the frequent performances of the symphony testify to its popularity"
[n] process or manner of functioning or operating; "the power of its engine determine its operation"; "the plane's operation in high winds"; "they compared the cooking performance of each oven"; "the jet's performance conformed to high standards"

Webster (1913) Definition: Per*form"ance, n.
The act of performing; the carrying into execution or action;
execution; achievement; accomplishment; representation by
action; as, the performance of an undertaking of a duty.

Promises are not binding where the performance is
impossible. --Paley.

2. That which is performed or accomplished; a thing done or
carried through; an achievement; a deed; an act; a feat;
esp., an action of an elaborate or public character. ``Her
walking and other actual performances.'' --Shak. ``His
musical performances.'' --Macaulay.

Syn: Completion; consummation; execution; accomplishment;
achievement; production; work; act; action; deed;
exploit; feat.

Synonyms: carrying into action, carrying out, execution, functioning, operation, public presentation

See Also: accomplishment, achievement, act, acting, action, benefit, bit, coda, concert, conjuration, conjuring trick, deception, demonstration, dramatic performance, dramatic production, encore, extemporisation, extemporization, finale, histrionics, illusion, improvisation, interpretation, juggle, juggling, last hurrah, legerdemain, magic, magic trick, mechanics, mechanism, musical performance, number, officiation, one-night stand, overachievement, performing, pianism, play reading, playacting, playing, premiere, presentation, presentment, process, program, programme, recital, rendering, rendering, rendition, rendition, representation, routine, show, song and dance, specific performance, spectacular, swan song, theatrical, theatrical performance, trick, turn, underachievement, world premiere

Famous Quotes Containing Performance:

When a pianist sits down and does a virtuoso performance he is in a technical sense transmitting more information to a machine than any other human activity involving machinery allows.

-- Robert Moog (American Inventor)

An ounce of performance is worth pounds of promises.

-- Mae West (American Actress)

I thought his performance was absolutely wonderful and had said so, but he seemed, as actors quite often are when they first see.something, to be disappointed. I think he expected more from the film and himself.

-- John Schlesinger (British Director)

We need improvement in the style of performance. There is no more advantage in a musician who plays and conducts than in one who is only a beater of rhythm.

-- Franz Liszt (Hungarian Composer)

There may be a hundred thousand men in an army, who are all equally free; but they only are naturally most fit to be commanders or leaders, who most excel in the virtues required for the right performance of those offices.

-- Algernon Sydney (English Politician)

Unless an entire row of people got up in the middle of a performance and left the theater in disgust, I felt as though I hadn't done my job.

-- Jeremy Piven (American Actor)

Those differences are what color the performance, but in the movies you don't get a chance to rehearse.

-- Wayne Rogers (American Actor)

For decades, the journalistic norm had been that the private lives of public officials remained private unless that life impinged on public performance.

-- Roger Mudd (American Journalist)

An acre of performance is worth a whole world of promise.

-- Red Auerbach (American Coach)

Dance every performance as if it were your last.

-- Erik Bruhn (Dutch Dancer)

A lawyer's performance in the courtroom is responsible for about 25 percent of the outcome; the remaining 75 percent depends on the facts.

-- Melvin Belli (American Lawyer)

One only has to look at the performance of the economy to understand how it shapes the perspective of America's youth about military service.

-- John M. McHugh (American Politician)

From what I've been able to determine, many of our big stars are addicted to tobacco. They want to smoke in movies for the same reason I smoked as I wrote, which is that they think their performance is going to be better.

-- Joe Eszterhas (Hungarian Writer)

Let us be clear: I take ten times more money for a concert than for an opera performance.

-- Placido Domingo (Spanish Musician)

The only thing you owe the public is a good performance.

-- Humphrey Bogart (American Actor)

Past performance speaks a tremendous amount about one's ability and likelihood for success.

-- Mark Spitz (American Athlete)

The author himself is the best judge of his own performance; none has so deeply meditated on the subject; none is so sincerely interested in the event.

-- Edward Gibbon (English Historian)

I don't think of Storefront Hitchcock or Stop Making Sense as documentaries, I think of them more as performance films.

-- Jonathan Demme (American Director)

Did you know I staged the first performance in America of At the Hawk's Well?

-- Kenneth Rexroth (American Poet)

It is essential that we put an end to steroid abuse and set a better example for aspiring young athletes to follow, so that some day, when they make it in the All Star Game, it will be because of their own natural talents, and not because of a performance enhancing product.

-- Jim Sensenbrenner (American Politician)

The strongest results were in Florida and Texas. In just one year in a Texas charter school, an average student gained 7 percentile points in math and 8 percentile points in reading, while Florida charter schools improved student performance by 6 percentile points.

-- Maggie Gallagher (American Writer)

People come up to me as I leave the stage after a performance and tell me tey saw my mother onstage with me every time I sing. I keep a sense of humor about it.

-- Lorna Luft (American Actress)

I dare suggest that the composer would do himself and his music an immediate and eventual service by total, resolute and voluntary withdrawal from this public world to one of private performance and electronic media.

-- Milton Babbitt (American Composer)

I preferred delivering my performance in person. I liked to be in control. You couldn't be in films.

-- Ethel Merman (American Musician)

You have your structure, but within it, it gets fuller and you can highlight other parts of the performance.

-- Marisa Tomei (American Actress)

I say this quite deliberately, this is the finest Shakespearean performance I've seen.

-- Donald Wolfit (English Actor)

People often argue about this. Obviously one of the skills in performance is acting, and you can't expect every Romeo to really be in love with their Juliet!

-- Deborah Bull (British Dancer)

I was driven to give the best possible performance I could based on the material that was given to me and that material was documentary footage of the President speaking to people.

-- Timothy Bottoms (American Actor)

Teaching is the only major occupation of man for which we have not yet developed tools that make an average person capable of competence and performance. In teaching we rely on the "naturals," the ones who somehow know how to teach.

-- Peter Drucker (American Businessman)

In business, words are words; explanations are explanations, promises are promises, but only performance is reality.

-- Harold S. Geneen (British Businessman)

That kind of piece, perhaps most recognizable because of Yoko Ono's similar work, built a bridge between performance art and music - and without raising any awkward social issues.

-- Tony Conrad ( Artist)

No, we've been performing our old songs a little differently each performance.

-- Fred Schneider (American Musician)

We're all so mauled by information, but it's recycled information. We need to shut it out. So, you've got to get bizarre. This is an artist's purpose - to break away from the recycled. Performance art can do that.

-- Jack Bowman (English Actor)

As I sit down and start to work, I often panic. I stare at the empty piece of music paper. How can I say that my piece will be ready for performance next January when I do not have a recipe for making it happen?

-- Lukas Foss (German Composer)

A lot of companies make diversity a part of the performance goals against which an executive gets paid. Just as you have to make a certain sales number, you have to make a diversity number to get your bonus.

-- Vernon Jordan (American Businessman)

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