Usage examples for improvisation

  1. It was an improvisation. – The Awakening and Selected Short Stories by Kate Chopin
  2. His drawing is fluent and easy; it is a continuous improvisation. – Promenades of an Impressionist by James Huneker
  3. Mr. Ramsey is by no means incapable of making a forcible speech, and I think he should have trusted to his power of improvisation. – Prisoner for Blasphemy by G. W. [George William] Foote
  4. As a piece of improvisation, it certainly contains excellent fooling. – The Youth of Goethe by Peter Hume Brown
  5. Once hostilities have begun no improvisation will be worth while. – Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights by Kelly Miller
  6. When he is in the proper mood, many a speech of his turns involuntarily into an improvisation. – Methods of Authors by Hugo Erichsen
  7. The style of both words and music suggests that the whole cantata was thrown off, as Mainwaring suggests, on the spur of the moment, and this improvisation may well have taken place at one of the Arcadians' garden parties, for there is a well- known account of a similar improvisation by the poet Zappi and the composer Alessandro Scarlatti. – Handel by Edward J. Dent
  8. " A simple matter of technological improvisation," he told the bewildered Watchman. – The Dueling Machine by Benjamin William Bova Myron R. Lewis
  9. The quips and cranks of the poet seemed born upon her lips with the freedom and supreme grace of improvisation, and if here and there there occur certain rather weak or coarse sallies, she allowed the audience no time to perceive them. – Garrick's Pupil by Auguston Filon
  10. They are not the overflow of a shallow talent for improvisation too full of self to be contained, but show everywhere the marks of intelligent purpose and of the graceful ease that comes only of conscientious training. – The Function Of The Poet And Other Essays by James Russell Lowell
  11. She lifted her skirts higher, brought in new and more difficult movements into her improvisation, kicking up her legs she did the wonderful twist, backwards and forwards, of which the dancer is proud. – Liza of Lambeth by W. Somerset Maugham
  12. However, written plays had now begun to take the place of the improvisation of the earlier Italian comedy. – A Selection from the Comedies of Marivaux by Pierre Carlet de Chamblain de Marivaux
  13. He kept on lecturing her about gamma- rays and ultra- violet rays and X- rays and cosmic rays, trying to keep making some sort of intelligent sounds while they clung together and waited, and, with the other half of his mind, trying not to think of everything that could go wrong with that jerry- built improvisation they had just dumped onto Keegark. – Uller Uprising by Henry Beam Piper, John D. Clark and John F. Carr
  14. At home the great improvisation of the New Armies, undertaken by Lord Kitchener in the teeth of much expert criticism, goes steadily on. – Mr. Punch's History of the Great War by Punch
  15. People around him were excitedly planning the improvisation of costumes. – The Star Lord by Boyd Ellanby
  16. I offer a few lines of the creole first, to indicate the form of the improvisation. – Two Years in the French West Indies by Lafcadio Hearn
  17. Of these letters, so excellent of their kind, can it be said that they have the note of improvisation, that they were written for a friend's eye, without thought or care for that ordeal of posthumous publication which has added, as we have been told, a fresh terror to death? – Studies in Literature and History by Sir Alfred Comyn Lyall
  18. It is a pity we have let the gift of lyric improvisation die out. – The Land Of Little Rain by Mary Hunter Austin
  19. Our pithy, epigrammatic poems were particularly well suited to the improvisation of a single sentiment. – Bushido, the Soul of Japan by Inazo Nitobé