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Definitions of performance

  1. 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"
  2. 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"
  3. any recognized accomplishment; " they admired his performance under stress"; " when Roger Maris powered four home runs in one game his performance merits awe"
  4. 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"
  5. 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"
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. The carrying out of something; as, the performance of an undertaking; completion; a thing done: feat; a public exhibition, especially on the stage.
  9. Act of performing: carrying out of something: something done: public execution of anything: an act or action.
  10. Act of performing; anything performed; execution; action; public exhibition.
  11. The act of performing; execution; action; representation.
  12. The carrying anything into effect; execution; action; thing done; composition; acting, or exhibition of character or of feats.
  13. The carrying out or completion of a thing; an acting on the stage; an entertainment provided at any place of amusement; something written or produced; something done; a feat or exploit.

Usage examples for performance

  1. Nor is there any profession, religion, or duty and performance, that is at all regarded, where this faith, which by such means can work, is wanting. – The Pharisee And The Publican by John Bunyan
  2. I came forth from that performance in a breathing heat of indignation. – The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 24 (of 25) by Robert Louis Stevenson Other: Andrew Lang
  3. She knew my baritone, Carlton, and sent for him before the performance. – Memoirs of an American Prima Donna by Clara Louise Kellogg
  4. After all- that is, after the performance, said Stainton, I shall explain. – Running Sands by Reginald Wright Kauffman
  5. Usually a newspaper will not attempt so hazardous a performance. – Public Opinion by Walter Lippmann
  6. We often discussed Shackleton's journey, and were amazed at his fine performance. – South with Scott by Edward R. G. R. Evans
  7. Her dress was always perfect,- as far as fit and performance went. – The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope
  8. Lucien went to his sister's window and made a speech after the last performance. – Eve and David by Honore de Balzac
  9. And all this would seem to be easy of performance. – An Unprotected Female at the Pyramids by Anthony Trollope
  10. After a while when the performance was well under way, Gorman's brother came in. – Gossamer 1915 by George A. Birmingham
  11. Rather odd performance, eh? – Captain Jinks, Hero by Ernest Crosby
  12. However, there are a few noble nocturnes; and methods of performance may have much to answer for the sentimentalizing of some others. – Chopin: The Man and His Music by James Huneker
  13. Then they rest a moment, panting, laughing, showing their teeth; another look- and they repeat the same performance. – Monsieur de Camors, v3 by Octave Feuillet
  14. The Countess observed the performance. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  15. A fine performance, eh? – Marcella by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  16. By and by the performance began. – Nine Little Goslings by Susan Coolidge
  17. The perfection of manner, in this particular, is, to indicate by your language, that the performance is a favour, and by your tone that it is a matter of course. – The Laws of Etiquette by A Gentleman
  18. He, lying in his rabbit- path, was now very nearly ready to declare to himself what was the best thing for a great Mescalero Apache to do next, when he was called upon to witness an extraordinary performance. – The Red Mustang by William O. Stoddard
  19. Shall we say to- morrow at ten o'clock in the morning, with you and Molly and nobody else in a stage box to watch the performance? – The Lightning Conductor Discovers America by C. N. (Charles Norris) Williamson and A. M. (Alice Muriel) Williamson
  20. I hope you'll decide to do it, and in about ten or twenty years, when I'm an old married woman, I'll come to your first performance. – Two Little Women on a Holiday by Carolyn Wells
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