Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of performing or the state of being performed.
  • noun The act or style of performing a work or role before an audience.
  • noun The way in which someone or something functions.
  • noun A presentation, especially a theatrical one, before an audience.
  • noun Something performed; an accomplishment.
  • noun Linguistics One's actual use of language in actual situations.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun That which is performed or accomplished; action; deed; thing done; a piece of work.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Synonyms Accomplishment, achievement, consummation. See perform.
  • noun Exploit, feat.
  • noun Production.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of performing; the carrying into execution or action; execution; achievement; accomplishment; representation by action.
  • 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • noun A live show or concert.
  • noun 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

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the act of presenting a play or a piece of music or other entertainment
  • noun any recognized accomplishment
  • noun the act of performing; of doing something successfully; using knowledge as distinguished from merely possessing it
  • noun a dramatic or musical entertainment
  • noun process or manner of functioning or operating

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From perform + -ance

Examples

  • 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.

    Advice to Young Men And (Incidentally) to Young Women in the Middle and Higher Ranks of Life. In a Series of Letters, Addressed to a Youth, a Bachelor, a Lover, a Husband, a Father, a Citizen, or a Subject.

  • 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.

    The Guardian World News

  • 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.

    The Guardian World News

  • 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.

    The Guardian World News

  • 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

    cellular-news

  • Geezer which puts the "art" back in the term "performance art" continues at The Marsh through July 10.

    George Heymont: Clowning Around: The Circus of Life

  • 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.

    The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning

  • 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.

    The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning

  • But the policy response to this inevitable decline in performance is reflexive, not reflective.

    Steve Nelson: Waiting For Superman? Don't Hold Your Breath

  • But the policy response to this inevitable decline in performance is reflexive, not reflective.

    Steve Nelson: Waiting For Superman? Don't Hold Your Breath

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  • "'How do you feel?' asked the stage manager.

    I looked at her and tried to concentrate.

    How did I feel? I felt the way I always felt before a performance: like I was about to be executed; like I was a fraud; like I was that infinitely compressed point, just before the big bang."

    —Glenn Kurtz, Practicing: A Musician's Return to Music (New York: Vintage Books, 2007), 95

    I was absolutely struck by how true this statement is. He's described that feeling to a perfect T of being just about to go onstage.

    November 3, 2008