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im·prov

 (ĭm′prŏv′)
n. Informal
1. Improvisation: practiced improv with my acting class.
2. An improvisation: did a funny improv about looking for a job.
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improv

(ˈɪmprɒv)
n
improvised performance, esp by a comedian
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im•prov•i•sa•tion

(ɪmˌprɒv əˈzeɪ ʃən, ˌɪm prə və-)

n.
1. an act of improvising.
2. something improvised.
[1780–90]
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Translations

improv

[ˈɪmprɒv] nimpro f
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Wonder not then, what God for you saw good If I refuse not, but convert, as you, To proper substance; time may come when men With Angels may participate, and find No inconvenient Diet, nor too light Fare: And from these corporal nutriments perhaps Your bodies may at last turn all to Spirit Improv'd by tract of time, and wingd ascend Ethereal, as wee, or may at choice Here or in Heav'nly Paradises dwell; If ye be found obedient, and retain Unalterably firm his love entire Whose progenie you are.
Q: Your workshop actors can start off stiff, but soon they're zooming through improvs with comedy and inspired moments.
North Hollywood, CA, September 25, 2013 --(PR.com)-- On a warm Monday evening at Dominic Oliver's Behavioral Improv Workshop at the NoHo2 studio in North Hollywood, Sammy Corrado shares with a rapt audience a trick of the trade he's learned as a “reader” who helps audition actors for the hot series, The Mentalist:
"Grammar Wars: 179 Games and Improvs for Learning Language Arts" is a book of games and activities to that will entertain children as well as educate them about the rules and eccentricities of grammar, alongside other essential language arts skills.
Incorporating wrestling's rude, crude theatrics into the sort of improvs popularized by Chicago's Second City, he revived the half-breed in 1971 in Calgary and soon copyrighted it.
TheaterSports is comic improv performed as competition.
As time went on and the musicians did their riffs, couples joined other couples, separated into single improvs, or became an ensemble for a time.
After work in Japan and Germany, Campbell turned solely to improvisation, becoming a leader in improv performance.
The well-known Improv chain alone closed a third of its clubs, and the high tide of comedy-as-cheap-cable-content receded.
Now, thanks to the emergence of the "lifestyle center"--enormous complexes that integrate dining, retail shopping and entertainment--the Improv (and numerous other chains like it) are roaring back.
TeleHubLink Corporation (THLC), Burlington, Mass., has signed a formal license agreement with Improv Systems(TM) Inc., of Beverly, Mass.
Improv, founded in 1997, has developed a unique approach to developing high performance chips for embedded system applications.