1 the act, process, or art of performing
2 an artistic or dramatic production
last night's performance was terrible
3 manner or quality of functioning
a machine's performance
4 Informal mode of conduct or behaviour, esp. when distasteful or irregular
what did you mean by that performance at the restaurant?
5 Informal any tiresome procedure
what a performance dressing the children to play in the snow!
7 (Linguistics) (in transformational grammar) the form of the human language faculty, viewed as concretely embodied in speakers Compare →
n a performance of a play, opera, etc., at the request of a ruler or of royalty
n the assessment, at regular intervals, of an employee's performance at work
n a theatrical presentation that incorporates various art forms, such as dance, sculpture, music, etc.
n a bond given by a bank to a third party guaranteeing that if a specified customer fails to fulfil all the terms of a specified contract, the bank will be responsible for any loss sustained by the third party
n (Psychol) a test designed to assess a person's manual ability
n (Law) a remedy awarded by a court where damages are an insufficient remedy