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

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