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  • adj. created by improvisation; impromptu; unrehearsed.
  • v. Simple past and past participle of improvise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. done or made using whatever is available


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  • Despite donations and the promise of book and movie deals, most of the 33 Chilean miners trapped more than two months have returned to lives of struggle in improvised homes, often in gang-ridden neighborhoods lacking basic services.

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  • Ordered by Sennett to come up with a more workable screen image, Chaplin improvised an outfit consisting of a too-small coat, too-large pants, floppy shoes, and a battered derby.

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  • Gotta have a course in improvised weapons: When the Secret Service hold the only nearby guns and you just HAVE to take off your philandering Old Man's head, how to hurl the nearest lamp with devastating accuracy ...

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  • You decide: Five U.S. soldiers were killed and another 5 wounded Saturday in improvised bomb attacks, the U.S. military announced.


  • By then Saddam and eleven others had been "arraigned" on television in improvised proceedings of dubious meaning, which backfired politically when Saddam visibly summoned his powers of command and began to dominate the show.

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  • It was only in short, improvised moments, because the rest of the time was spent with one friend playing video games, another, assumably, making out with his girlfriend, and I just fooling around on his drumset and listening to Radiohead on his great new sound system.

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  • QUESTION: Is there any significance to your use of the word improvised device.

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  • She laughed at the comical picture his tall figure made in a cook's apron and he made her wear a waitress 'cap which he improvised from a Japanese paper napkin.

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  • Alexander Liholiho, would often appear informally at our doors with some of his friends; the evening would be passed in improvised dances, and the company always grew larger when it became known that we were thus enjoying ourselves; sometimes we would all adjourn to the house of some friend or neighbor from whom we had reason to expect like hospitality, and the night would be half gone ere we noticed the flight of time.

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  • "I am sure that a person of his experience and caliber can be very effective in dealing with issue of IED related incidents," he said, using the acronym for improvised explosive device.

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