The performance goal should be expressed as a tangible, measurable objective, against which actual achievement can be compared.
tangible property like real estate
Theories are always very thin and insubstantial, experience only is tangible.
My exclusion is tangible, as if concrete walls have formed around me.
Kathryn Stockett -- The Help
...finds it necessary to see tangible results of his work.
Daniel Keyes -- Flowers for Algernon
...every step he took made the thing more tangible.
Zora Neale Hurston -- Their Eyes Were Watching God
At one point he had enrolled in the junior college in his hometown, but the course work, he said, seemed too abstract, too distant, with nothing real or tangible at stake, certainly not the stakes of a war.
Tim O’Brien -- The Things They Carried
She paused, as if to add weight to her already tangibly heavy words.
William P. Young -- The Shack
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Sometimes I think evil is a tangible thing — with wave lengths, just as sound and light have.
Richard Connell -- The Most Dangerous Game
Mr. Higinbotham, President of the World’s Fair, kindly gave me permission to touch the exhibits, and .... I took in the glories of the Fair with my fingers. It was a sort of tangible kaleidoscope .... Everything fascinated me, especially the French bronzes.
Helen Keller -- Story of My Life
When Mr. Huntington gave me the first two dollars, I did not blame him for not giving me more, but made up my mind that I was going to convince him by tangible results that we were worthy of larger gifts.
Booker T. Washington -- Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
Like dreamland was a real place, tangible, where we would all wander close enough to catch glimpses and brush shoulders.
Sarah Dessen -- Dreamland
In anticipation of some tangible return.
Samuel Beckett -- Waiting for Godot
If I were going to really try to define the gift of love in tangible terms, I would have to cite as an example what my Uncle Red did for me and what he gave me during this last year.
Jim Stovall -- The Ultimate Gift
Roots were in ownership of land, in tangible and immovable possessions.
John Steinbeck -- Travels with Charley
Beside me, Eli just stood there, the awkwardness tangible, something solid you could feel.
Sarah Dessen -- Along for the Ride
Hunter explored the darkest nightmares of the human mind and, with cool precision, made them tangible.
Nora Roberts -- Summer Pleasures
It seemed as if I were drinking in the almost tangible pleasure of the morning like a rich, heavy malted milk that comes slow and thick through the straws.
Maureen Daly -- Seventeenth Summer
...a throng of the revellers at once threw themselves into the black apartment, and, seizing the mummer, whose tall figure stood erect and motionless within the shadow of the ebony clock, gasped in unutterable horror at finding the grave-cerements and corpse-like mask ... untenanted by any tangible form.
Edgar Allan Poe -- The Masque of the Red Death
His life is about tangibles: things you can see, hear, and touch.
Neal Shusterman -- Unwind
It was a tangible thing, like I was being held aloft by this idea, and now that I knew it was a lie, my body felt heavier.
Kiera Cass -- The Heir
Emergency lights have come on in the tunnel as well, but they barely do anything to break the almost tangible darkness of a place so far underground.
James Dashner -- The Kill Order
Their memory was something tangible and heavy, and I would carry it with me.
Ransom Riggs -- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
The pain in that trailer was tangible—I could feel it.
Bryan Stevenson -- Just Mercy
It was the last tangible piece of my past.
Patrick Rothfuss -- The Name of the Wind
Sweat runs with its own tangible life down a body as if a giant egg has been broken onto our shoulders.
Michael Ondaatje -- Running in the Family
The sun pressed against her with an almost tangible weight.
Elizabeth George Speare -- The Witch of Blackbird Pond
Darkness has a tangible quality; it can be moved through and felt; in darkness you can bark your shins; the world of things still exists around you.
Madeleine L’Engle -- A Wrinkle in Time
He concentrated on the Fear, on raising the level of panic in the room, of making the Terror something tangible….
Neil Gaiman -- The Graveyard Book
I know my mouth is agape and my eyes are wide, but I’m relieved that hope isn’t a tangible thing, because everyone around me would see mine crumbling.
Colleen Hoover -- Hopeless
In the fantasy of the races conceived in my mind, all blacks were noble people who had struggled against a repressive social order for years and who were finally reaping the tangible rewards of this struggle.
Pat Conroy -- The Water is Wide
"We are fighting for matters real and tangible …. our property and our homes," wrote a Texas private in 1864, "they for matters abstract and intangible."
James M. McPherson -- What They Fought For - 1861-1865
The sweater was threadbare and stained with newsprint, but it was a tangible link with Betsie.
Corrie Ten Boom -- The Hiding Place
There was no mistaking it—the warmth for me that radiated from her almost immediately, a vibration, one of those swift and tangible feelings of rapport that one experiences so seldom in life.
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
Achieving the summit of a mountain was tangible, immutable, concrete.
Jon Krakauer -- Into Thin Air
The black of the hole seemed a tangible force, pressing cold and heavy on my chest, clogging my lungs with the scent of death.
Diana Gabaldon -- Outlander
Certain objects that passed through the shop—a Pleyel piano; a strange little scratched-up Russian cameo— seemed to be tangible artifacts of the life that she and I, by rights, ought to be living together.
Donna Tartt -- The Goldfinch
But there was nothing local or still outstanding, nothing tangible to give us a direction.
James Patterson -- 1st to Die
A hundred hands reach up to catch my kiss, as if it were a real and tangible thing.
Suzanne Collins -- The Hunger Games
It was wanting something more, something tangible.
Jon Krakauer -- Into the Wild
I think that there was probably some more tangible cause.
Arthur Conan Doyle -- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
They were prepared for scars, disfigurements, tangible horrors, but nothing!
H.G. Wells -- The Invisible Man
Once again, he remembered a tangible thing from his past, but couldn’t assign it to any specific time or place, couldn’t associate it with any other person or event.
James Dashner -- The Maze Runner
Here was a tangible remnant of the Riders’ glory, tarnished though it was by the relentless pull of time.
Christopher Paolini -- Eragon
The near-occult feeling: The fact of being witness to the end of the world gives way to tangible things.
Maya Angelou -- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Is it that there is something in the essence of the thing itself, or that it is a medium, a tangible help, in conveying memories of sympathy and comfort?
Bram Stoker -- Dracula
It was a tangible gift, and it was perfect because it was an experience I could share with people I cared about.
Randy Pausch -- The Last Lecture
"Do you know how to sew?" said Miss Ophelia, who thought she would turn her inquiries to something more tangible.