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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Usage statistics for the noun performance:

imaginative writing15.49%informational writing84.51%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun performance:

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Definition of the noun performance

What does performance mean as a name of something?

Performance is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: performances

  1. a dramatic or musical entertainment
    • examples: they listened to ten different performances | the play ran for 100 performances | the frequent performances of the symphony testify to its popularity
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of performance: public presentation
    • more generic word: show = a social event involving a public performance or entertainment
    • more specific terms:
    • part: finale / coda = the closing section of a musical composition
  2. the act of presenting a play or a piece of music or other entertainment
  3. the act of performing; of doing something successfully; using knowledge as distinguished from merely possessing it
  4. any recognized accomplishment
    • examples: they admired his performance under stress | when Roger Maris powered four home runs in one game his performance merits awe
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: accomplishment / achievement = the action of accomplishing something
    • more specific words:
  5. process or manner of functioning or operating
    • examples: they compared the cooking performance of each oven | the jet's performance conformed to high standards
    • lexical domain: Natural Processes - nouns denoting natural processes
    • synonyms of performance: functioning / operation
    • more generic terms: physical process / process = a sustained phenomenon or one marked by gradual changes through a series of states

Alternative definition of the noun performance


  1. The act of performing; carrying into execution or action; execution; achievement; accomplishment; representation by action; as, the performance of an undertaking of a duty.
  2. 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.
  3. A live show or concert.
  4. In 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

Specialised definition of the noun performance

Glossary of sports

observable and temporary behavior in the motor domain, influenced by personal and situational factors (Mark H. Anshel. 1991. Dictionary of the Sport and Exercise Sciences. Human Kinetics Books Champaign, Illinois)

the level at which a player or athlete is carrying out their activity, either in relation to others or in relation to personal goals or standards (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

integral component of sport as the process and as the (measurable or assessable) result (product) of sport actions. Furthermore, performance is also viewed in a normative context as the optimal mastering of a motor task. In consideration of the manifold factors that influence performance it represents a very complex phenomenon; therefore, it is examined in different ways in the various theory fields of sport science and is portrayed differently in regard to its relationship with sport. However, these more specific views attempt to not loose sight of the wholeness of the phenomenon. (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)


  1. "Performance" is a 1970 British crime drama film directed by Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg, written by Cammell and starring James Fox and Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones, in his film acting debut. The film was produced in 1968 but not released until 1970.
  2. "Performance" a.k.a. "A Late Quartet" is a 2012 American drama film co-written, produced, and directed by Yaron Zilberman. The film uses chamber music played by the Brentano String Quartet and especially, Beethoven's Op. 131. The film was released in Australia as Performance.
  3. "Performance" is a film, directed by Steve Scott.


  1. "Performance" is a book by Richard Avedon.
  2. "Performance" is a book by Roselee Goldberg.
    • also known as "Performance: live art since the 60s", "Performance: live art 1909 to the present"
  3. "Performance" is a book by Colin MacCabe.
  4. "Performance" is a book by John Welch.
  5. "Performance" is a book by Jane Bastien.

There are many other writings with this title.


  1. "Performance" is the twelfth album by German progressive rock band Eloy, which was released in 1983.
  2. "Performance" is the first live album from Spacemen 3, documenting a set from the Perfect Prescription tour. It was recorded on February 6, 1988 at De Melkweg, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
  3. "Performance" is a musical album of Outfit.
    • released on
  4. "Performance" is a musical album of Premiata Forneria Marconi.
    • released in (33 years ago)
  5. "Performance" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  6. "Performance" is a musical single of Tones on Tail.
    • released on (30 years ago)
  7. "Performance" a.k.a. "Performance !" is a musical album of Henri Salvador.
    • released on (12 years ago)
  8. "Performance" is a musical album of Bob Blakeley.
    • released on
  9. "Performance" is a musical album of Za siódmą górą.
    • released in (22 years ago)
  10. "Performance" is a musical album of William Alfred Sergeant.
    • released in (15 years ago)
  11. "Performance" is a musical album of Elaine Paige.
    • released on (17 years ago)
  12. "Performance" is a musical album of Marcelinho Ferreira.
    • released on (6 years ago)
  13. "Performance" is a musical album of Martin Hall.
    • released in (20 years ago)
  14. "Performance" is a musical album of Dreadzone.
    • released in (21 years ago)
  15. "Performance" is a musical album of Gonzaguinha.
  16. "Performance" is a musical album of Taylor Dayne.
  17. "Performance" is a 2011 EP by Kylie Minogue.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  18. "Performance" a.k.a. "25 Years in Concert: The Classics Live": The Very Best of Donovan is the 1988 compilation album by Donovan.


Performance is a record label.


  1. Performance is a 1989 studio album by Marti Webb with the Philharmonia Orchestra. Although originally released in 1989 on LP it has subsequently been released in 1993, 1994 and 1996 on CD.
  2. Performance is a TV program, begun in (41 years ago).
  3. Performance is a 2012 Telly Award winning work, created for PHI Air Medical.
    • award:
      • Telly Award for Non-Broadcast Productions Film/Video - Corporate Image, received by Yaffe | Deutser
      • Telly Award for Non-Broadcast Productions Film/Video - Use of HD, received by Yaffe | Deutser
      • Telly Award for Internet/Online Commercial Online Video - Institutional/Corporate Image, received by Yaffe | Deutser
  4. performance is a visual art medium.

Phrases with Performance

Phrases starting with the word Performance:

  1. Performance art
  2. performance bond
  3. Performance metric
  4. Performance poetry
  5. Performance-Driven
  6. Performance Anxiety
  7. Performance Arousal
  8. performance capability
  9. Performance Management System
  10. Performance Monitoring System
  11. Performance Measurement System

Phrases ending with the word Performance:

  1. high-performance
  2. musical performance
  3. dramatic performance
  4. specific performance
  5. linguistic performance
  6. theatrical performance

Other phrases containing the word Performance:

  1. Key Performance Indicator
  2. High-performance liquid chromatography
  3. army high performance computing research center

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Performance

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Google previewThe Family Communication Sourcebook (2006)

by Lynn H. Turner, Richard West

Academic performance is a cause of parents' disappointment stems from parents stating that they are disappointed, in some way, about the adult child's academic performance. Academic performance will result ...

Google previewWomen Police Unfurled in Pakistan: Perspective, Status and Prospective (2014)

by Saima Manzoor Arain

Performance is the accomplishment of a given task measured against preset known standards of...

And Job performance is a commonly used, yet poorly defined concept in industrial and organizational psychology, the...

Google previewManaging Software Engineering Knowledge (2013)

by Aybüke Aurum, Ross Jeffery, Claes Wohlin, Meliha Handzic

Organizational Performance Organizational performance is the ultimate criterion for SE knowledge creation. Performance is a complex construct, however, reflecting the criteria and standards used by decision-makers to assess the ...

Google previewSocial Work Supervision (2004)

Contexts and Concepts by Ming-sum Tsui

Personal performance is the actualization of the personal qualities of individual staff, and it includes hereditary...

Professional performance refers to the application of professional values, knowledge, and skills, which are acquired through ...

Google previewFundamentals of HPI (1998)

Target Groups Target Group Intervention Examples Intrapersonal • career counseling The performance is the function of an individual. • training • work space redesign Interpersonal • job rotation The performance is a function of the interaction ...

Google previewHandbook of Industrial, Work & Organizational Psychology (2001)

Volume 1: Personnel Psychology by Neil Anderson

Job performance is a central construct in work psychology. The methods of assessing individual job performance,

Job performance is an important construct in industrial/organizational psychology ...

Google previewMercenaries in Asymmetric Conflicts (2012)

by Scott Fitzsimmons

Military performance refers to the outcome of a battle or conflict, not how a military force behaves during a battle or...

Google previewEducation And Human Resource Management (2007)

by Randhawa

Moreover, the managers and executives now fully recognize that inculcating a performance-driven culture is the key to success. Performance is a dependent variable of interest in the study of organizational behaviour because the goals and ...

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia of Sports Medicine: An IOC Medical Commission Publication, Genetic and Molecular Aspects of Sports Performance (2011)

by Claude Bouchard, Eric P. Hoffman

LOUIS PERUSSE Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Division of Kinesiology, Laval University, Quebec, QC, Canada This chapter presents a review of the contribution of genetic factors for phenotypes related to sports performance ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Human Resource Management, Critical and Emerging Issues in Human Resources (2012)

performance. Kaplan and Norton (2002) argued, “Every measure selected should be part of a causeandeffect relationship that culminates in improving financial performance” (p. 40). While common HR metrics are ratios of financial measures ...

Google previewDictionary of Cognitive Science (2004)

Neuroscience, Psychology, Artificial Intelligence, Linguistics, and Philosophy by Olivier Houdé, Daniel Kayser, Olivier Koenig, Joëlle Proust, François Rastier

COMPETENCE/PERFORMANCE. Linguistics.—Humans acquire language and linguistic knowledge in a largely unconscious way (→LANGUAGE). Ferdinand de Saussure made the distinction betweenlangue(language,asystem oflinguistic ...

Google previewWhere Lexicon and Syntax Meet (2001)

by Doris Schönefeld

Securing and interpreting the evidence The big issue here is whether performance data per se can also give a clue to how a language's lexicon and syntax relate to each other and in what way the facts revealed are explicable within the scope ...

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Small photo of business hand pushing excellent performance on virtual screen interfaceSmall photo of Development Performance Self-Improvement Ratings IconSmall photo of Hand drawing increased performance graph with blue marker on transparent wipe board.Small photo of Performance measurement or level with caliper on computer notebookSmall photo of business, technology, internet and virtual reality concept - businessman pressing performance button on virtual screens with hexagons and transparent honeycombSmall photo of High Angle View Of A Person Filling A Performance Evaluation Form Of EmployeeSmall photo of View of drum set kit on a stage during rock show performance, with band performing in the background, drummer point of view More...

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Quotes about Performance

I just try to touch people's hearts in a way through skating, so they're not just witnessing a performance, they're feeling a performance and they're a part of it. (Scott Hamilton)
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Scrabble value of P3E1R1F4O1R1M3A1N1C3E1

The value of this 11-letter word is 20 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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