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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

PERFORM'ANCE, n. Execution or completion of any thing; a doing; as the performance of work or of an undertaking; the performance of duty.
1. Action; deed; thing done.
2. The acting or exhibition of character on the state. Garrick was celebrated for his theatrical performances.
3. Composition; work written.
Few of our comic performances give good examples.
4. The acting or exhibition of feats; as performances of horsemanship.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: 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" [syn: performance, public presentation]
2: 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: 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" [syn: performance, execution, carrying out, carrying into action]
4: any recognized accomplishment; "they admired his performance under stress"; "when Roger Maris powered four home runs in one game his performance merits awe"
5: 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" [syn: operation, functioning, performance]

Merriam Webster's

noun Date: 15th century 1. a. the execution of an action b. something accomplished ; deed, feat 2. the fulfillment of a claim, promise, or request ; implementation 3. a. the action of representing a character in a play b. a public presentation or exhibition <a benefit performance> 4. a. the ability to perform ; efficiency b. the manner in which a mechanism performs <engine performance> 5. the manner of reacting to stimuli ; behavior 6. the linguistic behavior of an individual ; parole; also the ability to speak a certain language compare competence 3

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 (usu. foll. by of) a the act or process of performing or carrying out. b the execution or fulfilment (of a duty etc.). 2 a staging or production (of a drama, piece of music, etc.) (the afternoon performance). 3 a person's achievement under test conditions etc. (put up a good performance). 4 colloq. a fuss; a scene; a public exhibition (made such a performance about leaving). 5 a the capabilities of a machine, esp. a car or aircraft. b (attrib.) of high capability (a performance car).

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Performance Per*form"ance, n. 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. Promises are not binding where the performance is impossible. --Paley. 2. 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. ``Her walking and other actual performances.'' --Shak. ``His musical performances.'' --Macaulay. Syn: Completion; consummation; execution; accomplishment; achievement; production; work; act; action; deed; exploit; feat.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(performances) Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English. 1. A performance involves entertaining an audience by doing something such as singing, dancing, or acting. Inside the theatre, they were giving a performance of Bizet's Carmen. ...her performance as the betrayed Medea... N-COUNT 2. Someone's or something's performance is how successful they are or how well they do something. That study looked at the performance of 18 surgeons... The job of the new director-general was to ensure that performance targets were met. N-VAR: oft with poss 3. A car's performance is its ability to go fast and to increase its speed quickly. 4. A performance car is one that can go very fast and can increase its speed very quickly. ADJ: ADJ n see also high-performance 5. The performance of a task is the fact or action of doing it. He devoted in excess of seventy hours a week to the performance of his duties... N-SING: usu the N of n 6. You can describe something that is or looks complicated or difficult to do as a performance. (INFORMAL) The whole process is quite a performance... N-SING: usu a N 7. a repeat performance: see repeat

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Accomplishment, execution, completion, doing, consummation, achievement. 2. Action, deed, act, achievement, exploit, feat, work. 3. Composition, literary work, production, work. 4. Acting, exhibition of character on the stage, entertainment, exhibition, play, representation. 5. Playing, execution.

Moby Thesaurus

Philharmonic concert, accomplished fact, accomplishment, accordance, achievement, acquittal, acquittance, act, acta, acting, action, adherence, administration, adventure, agency, aping, appearance, attainment, baccalaureate service, band concert, behavior, benefit, bill, blow, bringing to fruition, buffoonery, business, cantando, care, carrying out, celebration, ceremonial, ceremony, chamber concert, characterization, commencement, commission, completion, compliance, concert, conduct, conformance, conformity, consummation, convocation, coup, dealings, debut, deed, demeanor, demilegato, demonstration, deportment, direction, discharge, dispatch, display, doing, doings, driving, dumb show, effectiveness, effectuation, efficacy, effort, embodiment, empty formality, enacting, enactment, endeavor, engagement, enterprise, entertainment, execution, exercise, exercises, exhibit, exhibition, exploit, exposition, exposure, expression, fait accompli, farewell performance, feat, fingering, flesh show, formal, formality, fruition, fulfillment, function, functioning, gag, gest, gig, glissando, go, graduation, graduation exercises, ham, hammy acting, hand, handiwork, handling, heed, heeding, hoke, hokum, imitation, impersonation, implementation, inaugural, inauguration, incarnation, initiation, interpretation, intonation, job, keeping, legato, liturgy, management, maneuver, manipulation, masquerade, measure, mezzo staccato, mimesis, mimicking, mimicry, miming, mission accomplished, move, mummery, music-making, musical performance, musical program, observance, observation, occupation, office, opening, operancy, operation, ostentation, overacting, overproduction, overt act, pantomime, pantomiming, parlando, passage, patter, performing, perpetration, personation, personification, philharmonic, pianism, pizzicato, play, playacting, playing, pop concert, pops, popular concert, portrayal, posing, practice, premiere, presentation, presentment, proceeding, production, productiveness, program, program of music, projection, prom, promenade concert, realization, recital, religious ceremony, rendering, rendition, repercussion, representation, res gestae, respect, responsibility, retrospective, rite, rite de passage, rite of passage, ritual, rubato, running, satisfaction, scene, service, service of music, show, showing, slapstick, slur, solemnity, solemnization, spiccato, staccato, stage business, stage directions, stage presence, stage presentation, steering, step, stroke, stunt, success, swan song, symphony concert, taking a role, theatrical performance, thing, thing done, touch, tour de force, transaction, tryout, turn, undertaking, unfolding, unfoldment, unveiling, varnishing day, vernissage, work, working, workings, works

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