from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To improvise and deliver extemporaneously.
- intransitive v. To engage in improvisation, as during delivery of a speech.
- n. Words, music, or actions uttered, performed, or carried out extemporaneously.
- adj. Uttered, performed, or carried out spontaneously. See Synonyms at extemporaneous.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To improvise all or part of a speech or other performance, especially in comedy.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. with little or no preparation or forethought
- adj. said or done without having been planned or written in advance
- v. perform without preparation
- n. remark made spontaneously without prior preparation
He tried his trademark joking, sputtering an ad-lib about eating too much barbecue but his head bobbed under the strain, and his thin neck muscles stretched and strained in the light.
There was always room to ad-lib lines with the court and each other, but we all knew where we were going, and what was supposed to happen on the field.
When Fred refused to change the script to accommodate me, or even to allow me to rewrite it, the director said that I could ad-lib some lines that were not as sexually debasing as what was on the page in a scene with the actor who was portraying my husband, the amazing Mr. Gary Busey.
Gary, thinking he was free of the confines of the script, did not really understand what “ad-lib some character lines” meant, and in every take he portrayed a different character altogether, including a six-year-old child.
I start each day with an ad-lib full-facial and then I go out nicking cars.
"His opening ad-lib quieting thunderous applause - 'It's still just me' - should be an instructional moment in public behavior in our celebrity culture."
Nick Reid, the Mississippi-delta repo-man hero of Rick Gavin's first book, "Ranchero," would never be mistaken for the archetypal PI, but he fulfills assignments with all the ad-lib panache of Robert Parker's Spenser or Raymond Chandler's Marlowe.
What I'd love is to find out that his line was a complete ad-lib that Robbins didn't know was coming.
That Ed Miliband: if only he didn't look a nerd; if only he learnt to ad-lib better at PMQs, Labour would be in better nick.
The seer's attention skips here and there and often stumbles into an uncensored ad-lib.
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