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PERFORMANCE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does performance mean? 

PERFORMANCE (noun)
  The noun PERFORMANCE has 5 senses:

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

  Familiarity information: PERFORMANCE used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


PERFORMANCE (noun)


Sense 1performance [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A dramatic or musical entertainment

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

performance; public presentation

Context examples:

they listened to ten different performances / the play ran for 100 performances / the frequent performances of the symphony testify to its popularity

Hypernyms ("performance" is a kind of...):

show (a social event involving a public performance or entertainment)

Meronyms (parts of "performance"):

coda; finale (the closing section of a musical composition)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "performance"):

rendering; rendition (a performance of a musical composition or a dramatic role etc.)

song and dance (theatrical performance combining singing and dancing)

histrionics; representation; theatrical; theatrical performance (a performance of play)

spectacular (a lavishly produced performance)

recital (performance of music or dance especially by soloists)

premiere (the first public performance of a play or movie)

play reading (performance of a play by a group of readers)

pianism (performance by or technique of a pianist)

concert (a performance of music by players or singers not involving theatrical staging)

benefit (a performance to raise money for a charitable cause)

act; bit; number; routine; turn (a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program)

world premiere ((music) the first public performance (as of a dramatic or musical work) anywhere in the world)


Sense 2performance [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of performing; of doing something successfully; using knowledge as distinguished from merely possessing it

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

carrying into action; carrying out; execution; performance

Context examples:

they criticised his performance as mayor / experience generally improves performance

Hypernyms ("performance" is a kind of...):

action (something done (usually as opposed to something said))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "performance"):

specific performance (the performance of a legal contract as specified by its terms)

mechanics; mechanism (the technical aspects of doing something)

officiation (the performance of a religious or ceremonial or public duty)


Sense 3performance [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of presenting a play or a piece of music or other entertainment

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context examples:

we congratulated him on his performance at the rehearsal / an inspired performance of Mozart's C minor concerto

Hypernyms ("performance" is a kind of...):

demonstration; presentation; presentment (a show or display; the act of presenting something to sight or view)

Meronyms (parts of "performance"):

acting; performing; playacting; playing (the performance of a part or role in a drama)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "performance"):

one-night stand (a performance in one place on one night only)

interpretation; rendering; rendition (the act of interpreting something as expressed in an artistic performance)

last hurrah; swan song (a final performance or effort (especially before retirement))

program; programme (a performance (or series of performances) at a public presentation)

musical performance (the act of performing music)

conjuration; conjuring trick; deception; illusion; legerdemain; magic; magic trick; thaumaturgy; trick (an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers)

juggle; juggling (throwing and catching several objects simultaneously)

extemporisation; extemporization; improvisation (a performance given extempore without planning or preparation)

encore (an extra or repeated performance; usually given in response to audience demand)

dramatic performance; dramatic production (the act of performing a drama)


Sense 4performance [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Process or manner of functioning or operating

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural processes

Synonyms:

functioning; performance; operation

Context examples:

the power of its engine determine 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

Hypernyms ("performance" is a kind of...):

physical process; process (a sustained phenomenon or one marked by gradual changes through a series of states)


Sense 5performance [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Any recognized accomplishment

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context examples:

they admired his performance under stress / when Roger Maris powered four home runs in one game his performance merits awe

Hypernyms ("performance" is a kind of...):

accomplishment; achievement (the action of accomplishing something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "performance"):

overachievement (better than expected performance (better than might have been predicted from intelligence tests))

underachievement (poorer than expected performance (poorer than might have been predicted from intelligence tests))


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