What does performance mean?

Definitions for performance
pərˈfɔr mənsper·for·mance

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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"

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.

    Etymology: From perform + -ance

  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.

    Etymology: From perform + -ance

  3. performance(Noun)

    A live show or concert.

    Etymology: From perform + -ance

  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

    Etymology: From perform + -ance

Wikipedia

  1. Performance

    Performance is completion of a task with application of knowledge, skills and abilities.

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.

Editors Contribution

  1. performance

    An act of performing.

    The children loved performing.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 9, 2020  

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

How to pronounce performance?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of performance in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of performance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of performance in a Sentence

  1. Erik Pevernagie:

    Life is a game one has got to play. It can be a very versatile performance, though. We have to find out, how we would like to take part in the game and what role we wish to play. By discovering what we want to achieve, we try to give significance to our life. In this way we understand how we see ourselves and can realize if we actually own our life or if it is ruled by other people. ("Life untitled" )

  2. Bill Carroll:

    The change has not, given their ratings performance, been successful in that regard.

  3. Jeff Cohen:

    A lot of the fee calculations for portfolio managers are based on performance versus the index, so if they don't play in large deals ... they're basically betting they do poorly, which is a tough bet to make.

  4. Steven Nissen:

    The placebo effect is very powerful, i can imagine how this plays out in the athletic world, where you're operating at the 99th percentile of human performance. Someone says, 'I can give you something that's going to make you a little bit better.' It's very tantalizing to try it.

  5. Marcia Greenberger:

    Too many girls are being refused the chance to reap the positive benefits that extend beyond the playing field, the stark statistics represent lost opportunities that would have enriched girls' high school experience and boosted their academic performance and overall health.

Images & Illustrations of performance

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Translations for performance

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  • أداءArabic
  • representació, execució, actuacióCatalan, Valencian
  • výkonnostCzech
  • ydeevneDanish
  • Arbeitsleistung, Aufführung, Leistung, Auftritt, DurchführungGerman
  • βελτιστοποίηση, απόδοση, παράσταση, συμπεριφοράGreek
  • ejecución, espectáculo, actuación, realización, número, prestación, exhibición, cumplimiento, desempeño, rendimiento, representaciónSpanish
  • کاراییPersian
  • esitys, suoritus, saavutus, suorituskyky, esiintyminenFinnish
  • performance, exécution, prestation, représentationFrench
  • הצגהHebrew
  • निष्पादनHindi
  • kinerjaIndonesian
  • rendimento, prestazione, esibizione, esecuzione, performanceItalian
  • 演奏Japanese
  • perficienturLatin
  • persembahanMalay
  • opvoeringDutch
  • ytelseNorwegian
  • występPolish
  • desempenhoPortuguese
  • realizare, randament, realizări, performanță, desăvârșire, prestație, îndeplinireRomanian
  • выступление, исполнение, производительность, выполнениеRussian
  • verkställande, utförande, prestandaSwedish
  • performansTurkish
  • 性能Chinese

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