Definitions for performancepərˈfɔr məns

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

per•for•mancepərˈfɔr məns(n.)

  1. an entertainment presented before an audience.

    Category: Music and Dance, Showbiz

  2. the act of performing a ceremony, play, piece of music, etc.

    Category: Music and Dance, Showbiz

  3. the execution or accomplishment of work, acts, feats, etc.

  4. a particular action, deed, or proceeding.

  5. an action or proceeding of an unusual or spectacular kind.

  6. the act of performing.

  7. the manner in which or the efficiency with which something reacts or fulfills its intended purpose.

  8. Ling. a person's actual use of language in real situations. Compare

    Category: Language/Linguistics

    Ref: competence (def. 4) 6

Origin of performance:

1485–95

Princeton's WordNet

  1. performance, public presentation(noun)

    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"

  2. performance(noun)

    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"

  3. performance, execution, carrying out, carrying into action(noun)

    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"

  4. performance(noun)

    any recognized accomplishment

    "they admired his performance under stress"; "when Roger Maris powered four home runs in one game his performance merits awe"

  5. operation, functioning, performance(noun)

    process or manner of functioning or operating

    "the power of its engine determines 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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. performance(noun)ərˈfɔr məns

    an act of performing for an audience

    a brilliant performance; He gave three performances a week for six months.

  2. performanceərˈfɔr məns

    how well a task is performed

    poor performance; performance enhancing drugs

Wiktionary

  1. performance(Noun)

    The act of performing; carrying into execution or action; execution; achievement; accomplishment; representation by action; as, the performance of an undertaking of a duty.

  2. performance(Noun)

    That which is performed or accomplished; a thing done or carried through; an achievement; a deed; an act; a feat; especially, an action of an elaborate or public character.

  3. performance(Noun)

    A live show or concert.

  4. performance(Noun)

    In Computer science: The amount of useful work accomplished by a computer system compared to the time and resources used. Better Performance means more work accomplished in shorter time and/or using less resources

  5. Origin: From perform + -ance

Webster Dictionary

  1. Performance(noun)

    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

  2. Performance(noun)

    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

Freebase

  1. Performance

    A performance, in performing arts, generally comprises an event in which a performer or group of performers behave in a particular way for another group of people, the audience. Choral music and ballet are examples. Usually the performers participate in rehearsals beforehand. Afterwards audience members often applaud. The means of expressing appreciation can vary by culture. Chinese performers will clap with audience at the end of a performance; the return applause signals "thank you" to the audience. In Japan, folk performing arts performances commonly attract individuals who take photographs, sometimes getting up to the stage and within inches of performer's faces. Sometimes the dividing line between performer and the audience may become blurred, as in the example of "participatory theatre" where audience members get involved in the production. Theatrical performances can take place daily or at some other regular interval. Performances can take place at designated performance spaces, or in a non-conventional space, such as a subway station, on the street, or in someone's home.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'performance' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #738

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'performance' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1805

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'performance' in Nouns Frequency: #279


Translations for performance

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

performance(noun)

the doing of something

He is very conscientious in the performance of his duties.

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