Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or art of improvising.
  • n. Something improvised, especially a musical passage or a dramatic skit.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act or art of composing and rendering music, poetry, and the like, extemporaneously; as, improvisation on the organ.
  • n. That which is improvised; an impromptu.
  • n. Musical technique, characteristic of blues music.
  • n. The act of improvising, acting or going about something without planning ahead

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or art of composing and rendering music, poetry, and the like, extemporaneously.
  • n. That which is improvised; an impromptu.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of improvising; the act of composing poetry or music extemporaneously.
  • n. A product of extemporaneous composition; an impromptu poem or musical performance.

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

  • n. a creation spoken or written or composed extemporaneously (without prior preparation)
  • n. an unplanned expedient
  • n. a performance given extempore without planning or preparation

Etymologies

From French improvisation. (Wiktionary)

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