What does performance mean?

Definitions for performance
pərˈfɔr mənsper·for·mance

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word performance.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. performance, public presentationnoun

    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. performancenoun

    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 actionnoun

    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. performancenoun

    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, performancenoun

    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. performancenoun

    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. performancenoun

    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. performancenoun

    A live show or concert.

  4. performancenoun

    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. Etymology: From perform + -ance

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Performancenoun

    Etymology: from perform.

    His promises were, as he then was, mighty;
    But his performance, as he now is, nothing. William Shakespeare.

    Promising is the very air o’ th’ time; it opens the eyes of expectation: performance is ever the duller for his act, and but in the plainer kind of people, the deed is quite out of use. William Shakespeare, Timon of Athens.

    Perform the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance. 2 Cor. viii. 11.

    The only means to make him successful in the performance of these great works, was to be above contempt. South.

    In the good poems of other men, I can only be sure, that ’tis the hand of a good master; but in your performances ’tis scarcely possible for me to be deceived. Dryden.

    Few of our comic performances give good examples. Claris.

    In this slumbry agitation, besides her walking and other actual performances, what have you heard her say? William Shakespeare.

Wikipedia

  1. Performance

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

ChatGPT

  1. performance

    Performance can be defined as the level of achievement or effectiveness in carrying out a task, action, or function. It typically involves the evaluation of skills, abilities, productivity, or results in comparison to predetermined standards or goals. Performance can refer to various aspects such as academic performance, work performance, athletic performance, or the quality of a device or system.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Performancenoun

    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. Performancenoun

    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

Wikidata

  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

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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. Isadora Duncan:

    So that ends my first experience of matrimony, which I always thought a highly over-rated performance.

  2. Albert Biermann:

    This will change, there's a clear commitment and a plan to develop and sell a high-performance car.

  3. Madison Hubbell:

    It’s always better to give a great performance and to leave that impression with the judges.

  4. Kathleen Turner:

    Working with Burt Reynolds was terrible, the first day Burt came in he made me cry. He said something about not taking second place to a woman. His behavior was shocking. It never occurred to me that I wasn’t someone’s equal. I left the room sobbing. I called my husband and said, ‘I don’t know what to do.’ He said, ‘You just do the job.’ It got to be very hostile because the crew began taking sides. But as for the performance, I was able to put the negativity aside. I’m not convinced Burt was.

  5. Brian Moynihan:

    The average worker is working, getting paid more, thats going to translate into good credit performance on the consumer side. The real risk for the U.S. economy is if the consumers slow down.

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Translations for performance

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • أداءArabic
  • actuació, execució, representacióCatalan, Valencian
  • výkonnostCzech
  • ydeevneDanish
  • Durchführung, Auftritt, Aufführung, Leistung, ArbeitsleistungGerman
  • βελτιστοποίηση, απόδοση, συμπεριφορά, παράστασηGreek
  • exhibición, realización, número, desempeño, prestación, cumplimiento, rendimiento, actuación, espectáculo, representación, ejecuciónSpanish
  • کاراییPersian
  • suorituskyky, esiintyminen, esitys, saavutus, suoritusFinnish
  • prestation, représentation, exécution, performanceFrench
  • הצגהHebrew
  • निष्पादनHindi
  • kinerjaIndonesian
  • esibizione, rendimento, esecuzione, prestazione, performanceItalian
  • 演奏Japanese
  • perficienturLatin
  • persembahanMalay
  • opvoeringDutch
  • ytelseNorwegian
  • występPolish
  • desempenhoPortuguese
  • performanță, desăvârșire, prestație, îndeplinire, realizare, randament, realizăriRomanian
  • исполнение, выполнение, производительность, выступлениеRussian
  • verkställande, prestanda, utförandeSwedish
  • performansTurkish
  • продуктивністьUkrainian
  • màn biểu diễnVietnamese
  • 性能Chinese

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