• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Extemporal done on the spur of the moment: hastily prepared: speaking extempore: done without preparation: off-hand
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. ex, out of, tempus, temporis, time.


In literature:

The following notes upon him, in relation to two other excellent engravers, were written shortly for extempore expansion in lecturing.
"Ariadne Florentina" by John Ruskin
He stood in dismay behind an extemporized "wing" and peered out at the restless little bodies.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. XXXI, No. 3, July 1908." by Various
A lively and memorable extemporized meeting on this tour is associated in memory with one of my dearest friends.
"The Story of John G. Paton" by James Paton
It is not a natural gift, an extempore thing like authorship and song.
"Dwellers in Arcady" by Albert Bigelow Paine
The table had been enlarged, and extra seats extemporized.
"Holiday Tales" by W. H. H. Murray
The apparatus had to be extemporized.
"The War in the Air; Vol. 1" by Walter Raleigh
Then J. and I had to run an entertainment of an instructive kind extempore.
"A Padre in France" by George A. Birmingham
A fire of logs was kindled up stairs, and a table was extemporized out of some deals.
"Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber" by James Aitken Wylie
But his extempore train chose to stop at a forsaken shanty-village on the Potomac, for four mortal hours, at midnight.
"If, Yes and Perhaps" by Edward Everett Hale
Many of the speeches were to a large extent extempore, the heads only being committed to writing.
"The Student's Companion to Latin Authors" by George Middleton
To make pease pudding, and pease soup extempore, see N.B.
"The Cook's Oracle; and Housekeeper's Manual" by William Kitchiner
She had arranged a sort of extempore bed on the hard sofa, and was about to lie down, when Tildy opened the door.
"The School Queens" by L. T. Meade
You don't sing extempore, Thayer, make up the song as you go along.
"The Dominant Strain" by Anna Chapin Ray
In fact, for over twenty years, from 1847 to 1871, the "extemporizers of revolutions" fretfully awaited the supreme hour.
"Violence and the Labor Movement" by Robert Hunter
At some places a stage had been extemporized, at others she spoke from the rear platform of the car.
"The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony (Volume 2 of 2)" by Ida Husted Harper
His extempore verses were really surprising.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 1, No. 2, July, 1850." by Various
Any extemporized raft would have floated the boy down to immortality.
"English Critical Essays" by Various
He was by nature shy and almost timid, and he was not supposed to possess any gift for extempore speaking.
"Studies in Contemporary Biography" by James Bryce, Viscount Bryce
These extemporized pennants stood out as if they were starched.
"Eleven Possible Cases" by Frank R. Stockton
I soon donned this extempore costume.
"Visits To Monasteries in the Levant" by Robert Curzon

In poetry:

Then Joan brought the tea-pot, and Caleb the toast,
And the wine was frothed out by the hand of mine host;
But we clear'd our extempore banquet so fast,
That the Harrisons both were forgot in the haste.
Derry down, down, hey derry down.
"Down-Hall. A Ballad." by Matthew Prior