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

Definition categories: communication, show

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

Definition categories: act, demonstration, presentation, presentment

3. 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

Similar word(s): execution

Definition categories: act, 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

Definition categories: act, accomplishment, achievement

5. process or manner of functioning or operating

- they compared the cooking performance of each oven

- the jet's performance conformed to high standards

Similar word(s): functioning, operation

Definition categories: process

Sentences with performance as a noun:

- the performance of an undertaking or a duty

- Better performance means more work accomplished in shorter time and/or using fewer resources.