- a musical, dramatic, or other entertainment presented before an audience.
- the act of performing a ceremony, play, piece of music, etc.
- the execution or accomplishment of work, acts, feats, etc.
- a particular action, deed, or proceeding.
- an action or proceeding of an unusual or spectacular kind: His temper tantrum was quite a performance.
- the act of performing.
- the manner in which or the efficiency with which something reacts or fulfills its intended purpose.
- Linguistics. the actual use of language in real situations, which may or may not fully reflect a speaker's competence, being subject to such nonlinguistic factors as inattention, distraction, memory lapses, fatigue, or emotional state.Compare competence(def 6).
Origin of performance
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Examples from the Web for performance
The hope was that greater transparency about performance would drive results.The ‘No Child’ Rewrite Threatens Your Kids’ Future
January 3, 2015
Tony Shalhoub, Act One Sometimes you realize the power of a performance only when it remains in your mind many months later.
Having graduated Juilliard last spring, Alex Sharp is too young to have given the performance of a lifetime.
Worse still is how much of this is being made into performance.Public Marriage Proposals Must Die
December 28, 2014
Her very first performance onstage came at the age of 4, when she cameoed as a dancing flower in the musical Bye Bye Birdie.Jena Malone’s Long, Strange Trip From Homelessness to Hollywood Stardom
December 22, 2014
At length the curtain fell, and the evening's performance was over.Life in London
It would never do to leave in the middle of the performance.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
A rehearsal, of course, must be very different from a performance.
He had expected some sort of festivity after the performance, but there was none.
He said very little about his intentions; performance was enough for him.Tiverton Tales
- the act, process, or art of performing
- an artistic or dramatic productionlast night's performance was terrible
- manner or quality of functioninga machine's performance
- informal mode of conduct or behaviour, esp when distasteful or irregularwhat did you mean by that performance at the restaurant?
- informal any tiresome procedurewhat a performance dressing the children to play in the snow!
- any accomplishment
- linguistics (in transformational grammar) the form of the human language faculty, viewed as concretely embodied in speakersCompare competence (def. 5), langue, parole (def. 5)
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Word Origin and History for performance
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