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"
(synonym) public presentation
(hyponym) act, routine, number, turn, bit
(part-meronym) finale, coda
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"
(synonym) execution, carrying out, carrying into action
(hyponym) specific performance
(derivation) perform, execute, do
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"
(hypernym) presentation, presentment, demonstration
(hyponym) dramatic production, dramatic performance
(part-meronym) acting, playing, playacting, performing
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"
(synonym) 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"
(hypernym) accomplishment, achievement