American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act of performing or the state of being performed.
- n. The act or style of performing a work or role before an audience.
- n. The way in which someone or something functions: The pilot rated the airplane's performance in high winds.
- n. A presentation, especially a theatrical one, before an audience.
- n. Something performed; an accomplishment.
- n. Linguistics One's actual use of language in actual situations.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of performing or the condition of being performed; execution or completion of anything; a doing: as, the performance of works or of an undertaking; the performance of duty.
- n. That which is performed or accomplished; action; deed; thing done; a piece of work.
- n. A musical, dramatic, or other entertainment; the acting of a play, execution of vocal or instrumental music, exhibition of skill, etc., especially at a place of amusement.
- n. Synonyms Accomplishment, achievement, consummation. See perform.
- n. Exploit, feat.
- n. Production.
- n. The act of performing; carrying into execution or action; execution; achievement; accomplishment; representation by action; as, the performance of an undertaking of a duty.
- n. 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.
- n. A live show or concert.
- n. 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
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of performing; the carrying into execution or action; execution; achievement; accomplishment; representation by action.
- n. 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.
- n. the act of presenting a play or a piece of music or other entertainment
- n. any recognized accomplishment
- n. the act of performing; of doing something successfully; using knowledge as distinguished from merely possessing it
- n. a dramatic or musical entertainment
- n. process or manner of functioning or operating
- From perform + -ance (Wiktionary)
“However, though she must _sit_ as long as the rest, and though she must join in the _performance_ (for it is a real performance) unto the end of the last scene, she cannot make her _teeth_ abandon their character.”
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“IP networking and routing (both theory and practice) • Core network planning• Performance monitoring• Design and optimization of fixed and mobile wireless networks and packet switched services tuning and optimization• Solid competence in WCDMA/HSPA technology in the PS Core and end-user services area• Experience as system engineer with the End-to-End performance management• Main focus on: • Packet switched services performance• Signaling protocols for”
“It is an outstanding performance from Colin Firth, not especially because it is a departure for him, but because the part itself is such a perfect match for Firth's habitual and superbly calibrated performance register: withdrawn, pained, but sensual, with sparks of wit and fun.”
“Geezer which puts the "art" back in the term "performance art" continues at The Marsh through July 10.”
“These are routine in nature, logically carried out on a regular basis, quantitative in approach and largely the concern of the accounting people, easily mapped onto the existing structure, and geared to motivation and control—hence the label performance control.”
“But the policy response to this inevitable decline in performance is reflexive, not reflective.”
“The mechanism by which exercise enhances brain performance is described in these and other studies as sitting squarely with increased production of BDNF.”
“Both the first and second chart appear to have an improvement in performance from the age of 38 to 45.”
“If you can imagine, usage has become so rampant in these circles that even the term performance enhancement is considered a misnomer and is replaced by the quaint and kitschy "performance enablement.”
“Perhaps the only thing standing between Wright and a Derrek Lee-type leap in performance is his home park.”
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