Definitions of performing

  1. Act done; act of executing.

Usage examples for performing

  1. He had a peculiarly stolid air, as if performing a business duty to which he was so used that he could do it very well while other matters engaged his thoughts. – The Guests Of Hercules by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  2. For, by a false comma after much, he cuts his first " substantive phrase" absurdly in two; and doubtless supposes a false ellipsis of by before the participle performing. – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  3. I knew they were performing what is called the 'Partridge Dance; ' and as I had never witnessed it I held back awhile, and looked on. – Popular Adventure Tales by Mayne Reid
  4. Emerson himself was not unconscious of what function he was performing. – Emerson and Other Essays by John Jay Chapman
  5. If I really do not approve, and if I regard as an evil, the employment of the labor of others, then I shall use neither my right nor my money for that purpose; I shall not compel others to toil for me, but I shall endeavor to free them from the labor which they have performed for me, as far as possible, either by doing without this labor or by performing it for myself. – The Moscow Census - From "What to do?" by Lyof N. Tolstoi
  6. The boy watched him performing his melancholy task, and declared that, if he were in authority, such scenes should never be enacted. – An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800 by Mary Frances Cusack
  7. Although very well, Madame de Montbazon pretended to be ill, stopped in bed half a day, and excused herself on this ground from performing the duty. – The Memoirs of Louis XIV., Volume 4 And His Court and of The Regency by Duc de Saint-Simon
  8. Not a single ship fell into the enemy's hands, and the campaign, and indeed the war, ended by Howe taking the mass of his force down to Gibraltar and performing his remarkable feat of relieving it in the face of the Spanish squadron. – Some Principles of Maritime Strategy by Julian Stafford Corbett
  9. " But in this part of Boston, at least, they don't allow performing bears in the streets. – Six Little Bunkers at Cousin Tom's by Laura Lee Hope
  10. But worst of all he did not like his work; he felt that, useless as he considered it, he was not successfully performing even the useless function he was paid to fulfil. – Philistia by Grant Allen
  11. My husband sitting with his head bowed in his hand, my daughter performing the tasks that had been mine; my little boy and girl at play; the babe asleep. – Studies in the Out-Lying Fields of Psychic Science by Hudson Tuttle
  12. Why have you sacrificed yourself to the terrible duties which I find you performing here? – The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins
  13. She did go to some extent, it is true, but she produced, in doing so, an effect of performing a duty. – The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic
  14. The prospect of the journey to Paris- the first he had ever taken- the joy of performing it on horseback, the idea of getting rid of Deschartres, all were as nothing in the light of those boots. – The Strange Story Book by Mrs. Andrew Lang
  15. Here he hesitated, and, after looking the physician in the face, went on: " You again think that harsh, Mathys- I see it in your expression- but, as my friend, you yourself can scarcely desire the world to see the Emperor Charles performing the same task with a Barbara Blomberg. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  16. Each man was performing the part set for him. – The Last Shot by Frederick Palmer
  17. There is no more interesting spectacle than that presented by a human face passing through all the various stages of excitement, and involuntarily performing in its features the five acts of a tragedy. – Andreas Hofer by Lousia Muhlbach
  18. " I certainly shall take pleasure in performing the wild- goose errand myself," he said. – Five Little Peppers at School by Margaret Sidney