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Definitions for improvisation
ɪmˌprɒv əˈzeɪ ʃən, ˌɪm prə və-im·pro·vi·sa·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. improvisationnoun

    a creation spoken or written or composed extemporaneously (without prior preparation)

  2. improvisation, temporary expedientnoun

    an unplanned expedient

  3. extemporization, extemporisation, improvisationnoun

    a performance given extempore without planning or preparation


  1. improvisationnoun

    The act or art of composing and rendering music, poetry, and the like, extemporaneously; as, improvisation on the organ.

  2. improvisationnoun

    That which is improvised; an impromptu.

  3. improvisationnoun

    Musical technique, characteristic of blues music.

  4. Etymology: From improvisation.


  1. Improvisation

    Improvisation is the activity of making or doing something not planned beforehand, using whatever can be found. Improvisation in the performing arts is a very spontaneous performance without specific or scripted preparation. The skills of improvisation can apply to many different faculties, across all artistic, scientific, physical, cognitive, academic, and non-academic disciplines; see Applied improvisation. Improvisation also exists outside the arts. Improvisation in engineering is to solve a problem with the tools and materials immediately at hand. Improvised weapons are often used by guerrillas, insurgents and criminals.


  1. improvisation

    Improvisation refers to the act of creating or performing something spontaneously, without prior planning or preparation. It involves making decisions and generating ideas in real-time, often within a specific set of guidelines or constraints. Improvisation can be seen in various forms of art, such as music, theater, dance, and comedy, where performers react and adapt to the present moment, relying on their creativity, skill, and intuition. The essence of improvisation lies in the ability to think on one's feet and respond in the moment, embracing unexpected opportunities and challenges.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Improvisationnoun

    the act or art of composing and rendering music, poetry, and the like, extemporaneously; as, improvisation on the organ

  2. Improvisationnoun

    that which is improvised; an impromptu

  3. Etymology: [Cf. F. improvisation.]


  1. Improvisation

    Improvisation is the practice of acting, dancing, singing, playing musical instruments, talking, creating artworks, problem solving, or reacting in the moment and in response to the stimulus of one's immediate environment and inner feelings. This can result in the invention of new thought patterns, new practices, new structures or symbols, and/or new ways to act. This invention cycle occurs most effectively when the practitioner has a thorough intuitive and technical understanding of the necessary skills and concerns within the improvised domain. Improvisation can be thought of as an "on the spot" or "off the cuff" spontaneous activity. The skills of improvisation can apply to many different abilities or forms of communication and expression across all artistic, scientific, physical, cognitive, academic, and non-academic disciplines. For example, improvisation can make a significant contribution in music, dance, cooking, presenting a speech, sales, personal or romantic relationships, sports, flower arranging, martial arts, psychotherapy, and much more. Techniques of improvisation are widely trained in the entertainment arts; for example, music, theatre and dance. To "extemporize" or "ad lib" is basically the same as improvising. Colloquial terms such as "let's play it by the ear", "take it as it comes", and "make it up as we go along" are all used to describe "improvisation".

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of improvisation in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of improvisation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of improvisation in a Sentence

  1. Lois Greenfield:

    And out of this improvisation comes a moment that can't be part of a dance, it becomes more of a personal moment, a moment about expressive gestures. And they're often, I call them, enigmatic or ambiguous moments.

  2. Oscar Auliq-Ice:

    Self study leads to improvisation and improvisation leads to evolution.

  3. Liu Shengjun:

    Premier Li's words in Shandong were more of an improvisation, not an official report, what he didn't say but would naturally imply was that the street stall economy must be well regulated too.

  4. Thomas Piketty:

    There is a degree of improvisation in Francois Hollande's economic policy that is appalling.

  5. Raul Castro:

    Miguel Diaz-Canel is not the fruit of improvisation but a thought-out selection of a young revolutionary with the conditions to be promoted to superior offices.

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