performant

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French performant.

Adjective[edit]

performant (comparative more performant, superlative most performant)

  1. (chiefly computing slang) Capable of or characterized by an adequate or excellent level of performance or efficiency.
    Synonyms: effective, efficient, fast, high-performing, responsive, successful
    • 1977, J. Rose & C. Bilciu, editors, Modern trends in cybernetics and systems[1], page 735:
      The program ALGOLOG is highly performant: it generated 259 linear subproblems, instead of 223.
    • 2003, Rod Johnson, Expert One-on-One J2EE Design and Development[2], page 5:
      There are strong arguments that some features of J2EE, such as entity beans, can never be as performant in many situations as some alternatives.
    • 2013, Thomas Valentine, Jon Reid, JavaScript Programmer's Reference, Apress (→ISBN), page 117:
      Yahoo uses YUI in their products, and as a result it is highly performant and well-tested.
    • 2014, Den Odell, Pro JavaScript Development: Coding, Capabilities, and Tooling, Apress (→ISBN), page 423:
      [] we can run a plethora of tools against our code to check its quality in advance, there really is no substitute for running that code within a web browser to ensure not only that it runs correctly but also that it is performant and memory-efficient.
  2. Of or relating to performance.
    • 1990, Jean Alter, A Sociosemiotic Theory of Theatre, page 61:
      As a rule, however, the performant function, when it is supported by truly impressive circus performances, tends to monopolize the audience's attention.

Usage notes[edit]

In computing jargon, something performant is not necessarily efficient or optimal; it is “good enough” in a sense that performance levels meet or exceed the expectations of end users.

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Noun[edit]

performant (plural performants)

  1. Someone who performs something, such as a ritual.
    Synonym: performer
    • 1979, Krishan Kumar, The Pailibos[3], page 169:
      If a performant happens to be on unfriendly terms with any one in the village, the performant does everything to get him reconciled long before the preparation is taken in hand.

French[edit]

Verb[edit]

performant

  1. present participle of performer

Adjective[edit]

performant (feminine singular performante, masculine plural performants, feminine plural performantes)

  1. efficient, effective, performant

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