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PERFORM'ANCE, noun Execution or completion of any thing; a doing; as the performance of work or of an undertaking; the performance of duty.

1. Action; deed; thing done.

2. The acting or exhibition of character on the state. Garrick was celebrated for his theatrical performances.

3. Composition; work written.

Few of our comic performances give good examples.

4. The acting or exhibition of feats; as performances of horsemanship.