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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a concert performance
▪ She gave a number of concert performances in Berlin.
a performance rating
▪ They received different pay increases even though their performance ratings were the same.
academic performance
▪ Personal problems may affect a student’s academic performance.
command performance
creditable performance
▪ The team produced a creditable performance.
debut match/performance etc
▪ He scored in his debut match for the club.
economic performance (=how well a company, country, or economy is doing)
▪ How do you explain this poor economic performance over the last few years?
gala dinner/performance/night etc
▪ the Society’s Gala Dinner
▪ a charity gala evening
give a performance/display
▪ They gave one of their best performances to date.
▪ The band will be giving a live concert performance next week.
performance art
repeat performance (=have the same thing happen again)
▪ It was a terrible journey – I hope we don’t have a repeat performance on the way home.
sales performance (=how much a company sells)
▪ There has been an encouraging improvement in sales performance.
stellar performance
▪ McKellen gave a stellar performance.
superior performance
▪ This boat meets the needs of serious yachtsmen who demand superior performance.
virtuoso performance
▪ a virtuoso performance
▪ But there are no convincing reasons for believing that this would have a beneficial effect on economic performance.
▪ The downside of such excellent economic performance is that virtually any alternative scenario will represent a deterioration.
▪ The financial world has been disdainful of his economic performance partly because it has concentrated on the interests of the poor.
▪ But weak economic performance, supporters said, is precisely why Kim has pushed so hard to revise the labor law.
▪ Bloody-mindedness on all sides soon began to show in the economic performance of the region.
▪ There is increasing evidence that shortcomings in the industrial building stock are an obstacle to better national economic performance.
▪ According to the state's traffic planning department, traffic calming had improved the economic performance of cities like Dusseldorf.
▪ Regulated, socialised economies trample on human dignity, despoil the natural environment and depress economic performance.
▪ The most telling indicator of Railfreight's success in the 1980s was the unprecedented turnround in its financial performance.
▪ Positive results were immediately forthcoming in the forms of short-term financial performance and higher compensation.
▪ This implies an oscillating financial performance for the industry as a whole.
▪ Even among the biggest and best known firms, financial performance is becoming more important in separating sheep from goats.
▪ Otherwise, the partners would be profiled in terms of their key characteristics, financial performance and likely valuation.
▪ It is a difficult choice to make for what is the more admirable about Essex - their financial or cricketing performance.
▪ The net result is that our overall financial performance has improved from a fairly mediocre position.
▪ The financial performances of these firms is then compared with an otherwise matched sample of small firms.
▪ Jaguar produced their best performance of the season, with Eddie Irvine and Pedro de la Rosa finishing seventh and eighth respectively.
▪ They have come to recognize the perils of homogeneity; they believe in better performance through an altered internal chemistry.
▪ She tells me that unless you are in a state of tension you don't give your best performance.
▪ For gamers, there's little doubt that upgrading the video card ranks right up there in the best upgrades for performance.
▪ It would enable better planning and performance.
▪ It will be better than current performance, but not necessarily as challenging as the long-term goal of world-class performance.
▪ The company has also upgraded its Macintosh server to version 4.0, claiming better performance.
▪ Public entrepreneurs know that when institutions are funded according to inputs, they have little reason to strive for better performance.
▪ Auspex says it will upgrade the box to higher performance Sparc Mbus modules over time.
▪ They act as a catalyst for a company and help it to focus on a higher level of performance.
▪ All single-engine, high performance, military aircraft fly with a degree of inherent risk.
▪ What, exactly, are these mythical fears that so regularly block the path to high performance?
▪ They expect high levels of performance.
▪ It is when we get into the high performance area that the ratio of cross-section to strength comes into play.
▪ The organisational structure most conducive to high performance depends on whether the environment is stable and simple, or changing and complex.
▪ He describes how the Digital Equipment Corporation at Ayr have pursued quality and flexibility by introducing high performance, self-managing work teams.
▪ The percentage of the population which attends live performances of music more than very occasionally is very small.
▪ His embrace of recorded music over live performances would eventually lead to a shift in the role of records on radio.
▪ For most, it was their first opportunity to see a live orchestral performance.
▪ Maybe there is room to use this power of attraction to create a new method of live rock performance.
▪ From this unique contraption, Hart will oversee the live performances.
▪ Only later did anyone realise that he was due to sing a live solo performance for the station.
▪ These broadcasts don't need to be records because live performances on local radio can also count.
▪ This demonstrates the immense importance of the detector in the overall performance of the zoned system.
▪ Significant gaps continue in the overall performance of girls, despite the narrowing of the gender gap in verbal and mathematical performance.
▪ Despite the difference in overall level of performance the relationship between risk and recognition performance in the two studies was remarkably similar.
▪ The faith in regularities applies only to overall performances and to long run outcomes in human collective life.
▪ The question is, does this added complexity and the assumption on which it is based add anything to the overall performance?
▪ The overall performance of the system is then about forty to fifty watts per square meter, averaged over day and night.
▪ Only time will tell if this is a serious effort at improving both public sector accountability and overall performance.
▪ Perry and Rubin scored the highest grades for overall performance.
▪ Britain's poor economic performance has been the dominant theme of political debate and economic discourse since the 1950s.
▪ About the Families Investigators have long linked unfavorable family situations with poor academic performance.
▪ Even when monitoring can be done effectively, disciplining employees for poor performance is itself costly.
▪ Tony Armstrong, director of corporate affairs at Northern Rock, defended the company's poor performance.
▪ Poverty depressed the black college-attendance rate, but so did low high school graduation rates and poor performance on standardized tests.
▪ The kind of symptoms; sluggish cars and poor performance.
▪ Some studies suggest that young people who work too much have poorer academic performance.
▪ Under a corporately developed policy, each business is accountable for its specific performance targets.
▪ Indeed, without specific performance consequences, most of us quickly grow cynical.
▪ The basic combination of attitude and power produces a specific performance.
▪ You can not learn team performance without being part of a team that holds itself mutually accountable for achieving specific performance goals.
▪ Where damages are clearly not an adequate remedy, an order for specific performance may be granted.
▪ Use both / and goals that translate across all four levels from purpose to specific performance.
▪ It is open for most of the year, but you need to book well in advance for any specific performance.
▪ No one demanded that people commit to specific performance challenges requiring them to use what they had supposedly learned.
▪ This point is well demonstrated by the strong performance of and the recently acquired business.
▪ Most are still expecting strong performance of the broader markets, but at a more manageable pace.
▪ The chemicals giant's chairman Charles Miller Smith said the strong performance showed its restructuring programme was working.
▪ Format: Varied selections, strong on performance broadcasts.
▪ Guinness, reflecting its strong profits performance, jumped 25p to 597p.
▪ Another government study offered further signs the strong economic performance will continue.
▪ There were strong performances in some of our key business sectors, although theses were offset by poor results elsewhere.
▪ The foodequipment business had a profit margin of 7. 1 % in 1994, with a strong performance from Hobart.
▪ A programme of performance art to be announced with this exhibition.
▪ The most successful of the human oddities, Taylor says, were those who could present their deformities as performance art.
▪ Garner knows about the challenge of performance art.
▪ No matter how he strutted and screamed, the end result was more like watching performance art than hearing a concert.
▪ Some performance art does contain gratuitous violence.
▪ The materials of Fluxus artists were mainly ephemeral or paper-based, or centred on performance art, presenting problems for exhibition organisers.
▪ The second is intensely combative performance art, and just about self-financing.
▪ The audience were in their seats for the first of the two evening performances.
▪ Tickets are $ 10 to $ 32 for the evening performances and $ 6 to $ 20 for the matinee.
▪ Once he did as the Professor had hoped he might do, and gave Paul a ticket for an evening performance.
▪ The evening performance - a Mozart Symphony - didn't start until seven and it would mean a late return home.
▪ The read-through finished at midday to give St Ives a rest before the evening performance of Caesar and Cleopatra.
▪ It gave us a little time together before she dashed off for the evening performance.
▪ The production lasted well over three hours, and then it was soon time to get ready for the evening performance.
▪ Yet traditional performance indicators provide little to guide investment in knowledge and learning.
▪ Further information was obtained from performance indicators from the Department of Health.
▪ The drive towards numerical and managerial performance indicators has already been mentioned.
▪ The performance indicators which are produced consist mainly of data on payment, which makes useful analysis difficult.
▪ Attendance rates and truancy levels as performance indicators for schools are only part of the story.
▪ We examine performance indicators in more detail in later chapters.
▪ The second innovation was the development of performance indicators.
▪ Some LEAs have long collated information obtained from schools in such a way that the results might be described as performance indicators.
▪ Darlington beat Huddersfield 1-0 in the Rumbelows League Cup and a repeat performance would improve their chances of survival.
▪ Politicians did not relish a repeat performance of the humiliating defeat they had suffered over the suspension and repeal of the acts.
▪ My next problem was how to get back to the hotel before my stomach gave a repeat performance.
▪ A repeat performance if planned for 2039!
▪ His broadcast of 23 April was a shorter but equally powerful repeat performance of his address at the end of Barricades Week.
▪ But then there was the journey, with its repeat performance of doggy protests.
▪ Waterhole two, in January 1982, was to have been a repeat performance.
▪ Needless to say, I wasn't asked for a repeat performance!
▪ So let us look at what factors appear to affect the performance of individuals in their jobs.
▪ The action occurs in real time, and damage shows on a vehicle and affects its performance.
▪ Fixed-interest securities would be immune at least to some of the difficulties that might affect companies' trading performance.
▪ At first the others joked about it, but their air of exclusivity began to affect team performance.
▪ Dictionaries differ widely in their style and content, and this has been shown to affect recognition performance.
▪ The pressure is usually transmitted to the available servicing personnel affecting their performance.
▪ However, too much or little anxiety will always affect any performance in a detrimental way.
▪ After all, the construction of one motor car may differ from another without affecting its performance.
▪ So for the next few days this column will present several different ways of assessing corporate performance for 1989.
▪ Every year, he reviews the staff and then asks two aides to assess his performance.
▪ Voters are interested in assessing the performance of their elected representatives.
▪ In this chapter we analyse the nationalized industries, explain how they have been run, and assess their performance.
▪ In addition, as argued above, there are great difficulties in assessing the performance of public enterprises.
▪ The children could use a standard proforma to assess their own performance against the relevant parts of the attainment targets.
▪ Who assesses our performance, and how much store do we set by their judgement?
▪ Train arrives at Euston seven minutes late - not bad compared with recent performances, but still late.
▪ Step two of the process is to compare your performance with that of your co-workers.
▪ They compared the performance of two patients on a lip-reading task and on a task which required analysis of facial expression.
▪ They compared performance in two conditions.
▪ It was interesting to compare the performance of my tourer bike and the mountain bikes we hired on these roads.
▪ Instead of using complicated measurements involving colour purity, resolution etc. to compare their performance I simply used each monitor for a day.
▪ It is continuous, since it is a long-term strategy to enhance individual performance in the context of institutional objectives.
▪ Along with the redesigned case, the L series has lots of new features to enhance performance.
▪ In truth, the most impressive thing about this performance car is the way it enhances the performance of its driver.
▪ Instead, they keep their fingers crossed and spend the money on hardware to enhance performance.
▪ However, it was once again observed that risk only enhances recognition performance in certain situations.
▪ He said: We have solid information that the use of drugs to enhance performance is really an epidemic.
▪ And if your car is fitted with a catalytic converter, Shell Advanced will help enhance the catalyst's performance.
▪ The company has also enhanced the performance of the Series 400 by 30% to 40%.
▪ She tells me that unless you are in a state of tension you don't give your best performance.
▪ It gives us the mini-mum performance we need to get off Mars but leaves much room for growth and improvement.
▪ Ge rard Giroudon gives a moving performance as Harpagon.
▪ So that, nomatterwhat they do, they are more or less giving the same performance each time.
▪ WinTach should give you more accurate performance figures.
▪ The response on both left and right was that he gave a lacklustre performance.
▪ The little information that is given on the performance of mature students is not very useful.
▪ As a result it is often difficult to analyse the errors of a probabilistic system in an effort to improve its performance.
▪ Mounting a strong staff development component to help special education staff to improve their performance on the job. 5.
▪ Indeed most people wish to improve their own performance and are eager to do so.
▪ The power of feedback to motivate improved performance is well established.
▪ The new Transport Secretary, Stephen Byers, weighed in with a demand that the industry should improve its performance.
▪ And he will be expected to use that information to improve performance and to help his company attain its strategic goals.
▪ Advanced expert systems provide a means to significantly improve performance in each of these important areas.
▪ By contrast, total quality and continuous improvement concern themselves with improving performance in smaller chunks.
▪ They measure the performance of their agencies, focusing not on inputs but on outcomes.
▪ Mental performance tests By now it might be wondered whether there is any satisfactory way to measure mental performance.
▪ A comparison of different kinds of rocket engines with each other requires some measure of their performance.
▪ The criteria against which to measure success are termed performance indicators.
▪ The managers eventually learned to cope with the ambiguity in measuring their performance.
▪ Results. Measure the performance outcomes that the new skills, behaviors, and working relationships are intended to produce.
▪ An independent regulatory body should monitor the performance of all operators.
▪ No longer, he said, will we monitor performance using the work standards.
▪ Non-government organisations monitor treaty performance and encourage participation in treaties to which they themselves can not adhere.
▪ Unless managers see the control process through to its conclusion, they are merely monitoring performance rather than exercising control.
▪ Building into such systems the ability to monitor their own performance and adapt appropriately.
▪ Such workers must be able to communicate orally and in writing, work in groups, and monitor their own performance.
▪ Regular reviews of progress will take place and students are asked to carefully monitor their own performance.
▪ And they lacked the information technology we have today to monitor the performance of contractors.
▪ Jaguar produced their best performance of the season, with Eddie Irvine and Pedro de la Rosa finishing seventh and eighth respectively.
▪ That tendency, plus the high dividend yields, usually produces a strong performance.
▪ Nick Mallett produced a staggering performance.
▪ Last year's war in Kosovo produced a more coherent performance.
▪ Simply improving the performance of the pattern recognition module will not produce a recognition performance comparable to that of a human.
▪ The basic combination of attitude and power produces a specific performance.
▪ Further development of polyester-based material has produced even better performance.
▪ However, January did produce one legendary performance, on the rooftop of Apple, to the delight of passers-by.
▪ The level of civic involvement in the 1970s is related to democratic institutional performance in the 1980s.
▪ He was released by the team in a move sources said was related more to performance than to salary cap considerations.
▪ To decide whether previous familiarity with a junction is related to recognition performance it is necessary to calculate new measures of recognition.
▪ B4., try to separate the personality difficulties from the ones directly relating to job performance.
▪ The importance of skill theory is that it relates human performance to systems concepts and to individual differences.
▪ As often as not this was fixed and not related to the performance of the company.
▪ The returns are related to performance, but that is not surprising these days.
▪ This included the publication of specific information relating to environmental performance and emissions data.
benefit concert/performance/match
▪ Browne played a benefit concert at Zellerbach Hall on the UC-Berkeley campus Thursday night.
▪ He later played a benefit concert in aid of the protest.
▪ Last August, after leaving a rehearsal for the benefit performance, Hicks witnessed a stabbing and wound up being the suspect.
▪ Most significant for a county player was the opportunity to have a benefit match.
▪ This group also organized musicians to play benefit concerts for the campaign.
▪ Have you ever heard a live performance of Beethoven's Seventh Symphony?
▪ It is the first performance of Berlioz's Requiem in this city in over 20 years.
▪ Its performance on mountain roads was impressive.
▪ Some companies link pay to performance.
▪ the performance of his official duties
▪ the disappointing performance of the bond market
▪ The evening performance will begin at 8:00 pm.
▪ The new program will better evaluate the performance of students and teachers.
▪ There are no tickets left for this evening's performance.
▪ There was a performance of "Gisele" in the San Diego State Open Air Theatre.
▪ This evening's performance begins at 8:00 pm.
▪ But the Lakers were up to the task, despite one of the Clippers' better recent performances.
▪ Investors respond to performance and we've not been in existence long enough yet.
▪ Only time will tell if this is a serious effort at improving both public sector accountability and overall performance.
▪ Quick, somebody book a local performance.
▪ Targets may be set for any parameter that can be measured as the project proceeds, such as cost, time and performance.
▪ The school has tried to use technology and writing across subjects to improve students' academic performance.
▪ Three criteria have been chosen, attempting to measure the most important attributes of company performance over the year.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Performance \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.

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.''

Syn: Completion; consummation; execution; accomplishment; achievement; production; work; act; action; deed; exploit; feat.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late a5c., "accomplishment" (of something), from perform + -ance. Meaning "a thing performed" is from 1590s; that of "action of performing a play, etc." is from 1610s; that of "a public entertainment" is from 1709. Performance art is attested from 1971.


n. The act of performing; carrying into execution or action; execution; achievement; accomplishment; representation by action.

  1. n. 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 presentation]

  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 minor concerto"

  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"


A performance, in the performing arts, generally comprises an event in which a performer or group of performers present one or more works of art to an audience. Usually the performers participate in rehearsals beforehand. Afterwards audience members often applaud. After a performance, performance measurement sometimes occurs. Performance measurement is the process of collecting, analyzing and reporting information regarding the performance of an individual, group, organization, system or component.

The means of expressing appreciation can vary by culture. Chinese performers will clap with the audience at the end of a performance; the return applause signals "thank you" to the audience. In Japan, folk performing-arts performances commonly attract individuals who take photographs, sometimes getting up to the stage and within inches of performer's faces.

Sometimes the dividing line between performer and the audience may become blurred, as in the example of " participatory theatre" where audience members get involved in the production.

Theatrical performances can take place daily or at some other regular interval. Performances can take place at designated performance spaces (such as a theatre or concert hall), or in a non-conventional space, such as a subway station, on the street, or in somebody's home.

Performance (film)

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.

Performance (Spacemen 3 album)

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.

Performance (soundtrack)

Performance is a 1970 soundtrack album to the film Performance by Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg. It features music from Randy Newman, Merry Clayton, Ry Cooder, Jack Nitzsche, Buffy Sainte-Marie, The Last Poets and Mick Jagger.

A single from the album, " Memo from Turner" sung by Mick Jagger (b/w the instrumental "Natural Magic") was released in 1970 reaching #32 on the UK singles chart.

Performance (Eloy album)

Performance is the twelfth album by German progressive rock band Eloy, which was released in 1983.

Performance (Marti Webb album)

Performance is a 1989 studio album by Marti Webb (born 13 December 1944, Hampstead, North West London) with the Philharmonia Orchestra. Although originally released in 1989 on LP it has subsequently been released in 1993, 1994 and 1996 on CD.

The album was produced by Chris Walker for First Night Records and released by Telstar Records in the UK and by WEA records in Eire.

Performance (disambiguation)

A performance, in performing arts, generally comprises an event in which a performer or group of performers behave in a particular way for another group of people.

Performance may also refer to:

  • Performing arts
  • Performance art
  • The performative turn
  • Performative text
  • A ritual in a religious or occult setting
  • The execution of an experiment in science, i.e., the carrying out of predetermined actions in a controlled environment
  • Job performance
  • Linguistic performance, the act of producing an utterance
  • Network performance
  • Computer performance
    • Performance analysis
    • Performance tuning
    • Software performance testing
  • Performance testing (disambiguation)
  • Performance engineering
  • Performance management
  • Performance improvement
  • Performance problem (organizational development)
Performance (UK TV series)

Performance is a UK television anthology series produced by Simon Curtis for the British Broadcasting Company (BBC). Twenty-six episodes aired on the BBC from 1991–98, almost all of which were productions of classic and contemporary plays, including Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov, A Doll's House and Hedda Gabbler by Henrik Ibsen, Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello, King Lear by William Shakespeare, and The Deep Blue Sea by Terence Rattigan.

Among its directors were Karel Reisz, Anthony Page, Richard Eyre, Simon Curtis, and Harold Pinter.

Its high-profile cast included Colin Firth, Kenneth Branagh, Elizabeth McGovern, Jeremy Irons, Judi Dench, Hugh Grant, Alec Guinness, Tom Wilkinson, Miranda Richardson, Ian Holm, Bill Nighy, John Gielgud, and Juliet Stevenson.

Usage examples of "performance".

Fleete, accompanying them, as it is said, with such vvonderfull trauell of bodie, as doubtlesse had he bene the meanest person, as he vvas the chiefest, he had yet deserued the first place of honour: and no lesse happie do we accompt him, for being associated with Maister Carleill his Lieutenant generall, by whose experiences, prudent counsell, and gallant performance, he atchiued so many and happie enterprises of the warre, by vvhom also he was verie greatly assisted, in setting downe the needefull orders, lawes, and course of iustice, and for the due administration of the same vpon all occasions.

A defeat, by disabling the chief from the performance of his engagements, dissolved the mercenary allegiance of his followers, and left them to consult their own safety by a timely desertion of an unsuccessful cause.

Keen reports the successful performance of a hip-joint amputation for malignant disease of the femur during pregnancy.

As I returned to the inn after a short walk, mine host handed me the bill of the play announcing four performances of the Didone of Metastasio at the Spada.

Madison, in the case both of appointees by the President and Senate and by the President alone, a purely ministerial act which has been lodged by statute with the Secretary of State and the performance of which may be compelled by mandamus unless the appointee has been in the meantime validly removed.

Even toward the end of the night performance, no artiste let himself or herself look anything but sparkling and vivacious to the audience, and none of them bungled a single trick in any act.

Unless I am overruled, I say we continue to show as long as we have a single artiste capable of performing, and a single josser paying admission to see that performance.

We three were alone in the lobby of the Met, at the foot of the grand staircase, while all the balletomanes were in their seats for the performance.

It was as near as Bardel would come to commanding a performance from his shaman.

Garcia was a tenor with a voice sufficiently deep to enable him to sing the barytone part of Don Giovanni in Paris and at subsequent performances in London.

The mere acceptance of a technical dogma, the mere performance of a ritual action, cannot adjust a discordant character with the conditions of blessedness so as to reinstate an exile of heaven.

He sang it with all the astringent bravura of the maestro, and Helen Schlegel called encore so enthusiastically that he did a repeat performance.

Having established this elaborate, bizarre scenario, Ruff gives a bravura performance, right from the opening pages, where we watch Andy and his multiples sharing a single breakfast.

The consul designate, Gaius Silius, was presiding over the chamber with another of his bravura performances at the dais.

He had instructed Brewster in the use of the matched revolvers, giving him a short lecture on gun safety, proper sight alignment, trigger control, and so forth, and Brewster had turned in a game, if not quite adequate performance.