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Noun: performance  pu(r)'for-mun(t)s
  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";
    - 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 criticized his performance as mayor"; "experience generally improves 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
    "they compared the cooking performance of each oven"; "the jet's performance conformed to high standards";
    - operation, functioning

Derived forms: performances

Type of: accomplishment, achievement, action, demonstration, physical process, presentation, presentment, process, show

Encyclopedia: Performance