performance-n; 4 Senses

Sense Number 1: an entertainment event in its entirety, e.g., a play, a concert, a show

Commentary:PERFORMANCE[+event][+entertainment][+spectacle][+entire] A piece of entertainment, usually musical or dramatic. A show of some sort. Refers to the performance as a unit, not to the act of performing it.

I attended ten different performances at the opera house.
The play ran for one hundred performances before closing.
There were a number of musical performances during the festival.
I didn't think this performance was as good as the last one.

PropBank: performance.01
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: specific action of a performer within a production or event

Commentary:PERFORMANCE[+event][+action][+specific][+of_individual][+performer] Refers to the act of performing, not the performance itself.
NOTE: X's performance of Y -> X performed Y (nominalization)
NOTE: implies an audience who is the recipient of the performance

Julie's performance as Cinderella in the ballet last night was uneven.
John gave an inspired performance as Hamlet.
The witness had a convincing performance in front of the jury.
Do you seriously care so much, or is your emotion just a performance? (figurative extension)
The two violinists' performances of the Tchaikovsky concerto are strikingly different from each other.

PropBank: performance.01
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 3: Placeholder Sense: Do Not Choose

Commentary: PERFORMANCE[+event] The execution of an action or duty. Often refers to a good or flawless execution of an action.


PropBank: NM
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: Placeholder Sense

Sense Number 4: the manner in which something or someon functions or operates


Your computer's performance may be affected by spyware!
They criticized his performance as mayor.
Everyone in our department will have a performance review next week.
The gymnast's performance of a triple somersault took years of practice to achieve.
The athletes enhanced their performance on the track with steroids.
They compared the cooking performances of the three ovens.
I admire his performance under pressure.

PropBank: performance.02
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 4, 5