What does improvisation mean?

Definitions for improvisationɪmˌprɒv əˈzeɪ ʃən, ˌɪm prə və-

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word improvisation.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. improvisation(noun)

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

  2. improvisation, temporary expedient(noun)

    an unplanned expedient

  3. extemporization, extemporisation, improvisation(noun)

    a performance given extempore without planning or preparation


  1. improvisation(Noun)

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

  2. improvisation(Noun)

    That which is improvised; an impromptu.

  3. improvisation(Noun)

    Musical technique, characteristic of blues music.

  4. Origin: From improvisation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Improvisation(noun)

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

  2. Improvisation(noun)

    that which is improvised; an impromptu

  3. Origin: [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".


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Thomas Piketty:

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

  2. 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.

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