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.
n 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: public
2: 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: execution,
carrying out, carrying into action]
3: 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
4: process or manner of functioning or operating; "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" [syn: operation, functioning]
5: any recognized accomplishment; "they admired his performance
under stress"; "when Roger Maris powered four home runs in
one game his performance merits awe"