• Performance


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    From perform + -ance

    Full definition of performance



    (plural performances)
    1. The act of performing; carrying into execution or action; execution; achievement; accomplishment; representation by action.
      the performance of an undertaking or a duty
      • 1959, Georgette Heyer, The Unknown Ajax Chapter 1, Charles had not been employed above six months at Darracott Place, but he was not such a whopstraw as to make the least noise in the performance of his duties when his lordship was out of humour.
    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. (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 fewer resources.

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    Adjecties often applied to "performance":

    high, poor, improved, superior, excellent, good, peak, top, optimal, low, economic, academic, financial, musical, human, environmental, vocal, cognitive, dynamic, organizational, historical, physical, social, mechanical, electrical, mental, macroeconomic.

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