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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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. The carrying out of something; as, the performance of an undertaking; completion; a thing done: feat; a public exhibition, especially on the stage. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. Act of performing: carrying out of something: something done: public execution of anything: an act or action. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. Act of performing; anything performed; execution; action; public exhibition. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. The act of performing; execution; action; representation. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. The carrying anything into effect; execution; action; thing done; composition; acting, or exhibition of character or of feats. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. 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. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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
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