ad-lib

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj ad-lib with little or no preparation or forethought "his ad-lib comments showed poor judgment","an extemporaneous piano recital","an extemporary lecture","an extempore skit","an impromptu speech","offhand excuses","trying to sound offhanded and reassuring","an off-the-cuff toast","a few unrehearsed comments"
    • adj ad-lib said or done without having been planned or written in advance "he made a few ad-lib remarks"
    • v ad-lib perform without preparation "he extemporized a speech at the wedding"
    • n ad-lib remark made spontaneously without prior preparation "his ad-libs got him in trouble with the politicians"
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Quotations

  • Robert Burchfield
    Robert Burchfield
    “The English language is rather like a monster accordion, stretchable at the whim of the editor, compressible ad lib.”

Usage

In literature:

The yell is "ouch" repeated ad lib.
"The University of Hard Knocks" by Ralph Parlette
And we can repeat it ad lib.
"The Secret Adversary" by Agatha Christie
Then she fell on the horse's neck again, and so on ad lib.
"An Outback Marriage" by Andrew Barton Paterson
Et nos non paucos sanavimus, animi motibus ad debitum revocatis, lib.
"The Anatomy of Melancholy" by Democritus Junior
For the pianoforte, with bell accompaniment (ad lib.).
"Charles Dickens and Music" by James T. Lightwood
Rhetoricorum ad C. Herennium lib.
"Catalogue of the William Loring Andrews Collection of Early Books in the Library of Yale University" by Anonymous
No camera, the patient would be the star, and most lines would be ad libbed.
"Operation: Outer Space" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
The Eye-Brows were neatly blocked out by some Process unknown to the writer, and she had a Shape that could be revised ad lib.
"Ade's Fables" by George Ade
How about ad-libbing that some weekend?
"The Creature from Cleveland Depths" by Fritz Reuter Leiber
He found a phone booth in a bar called the Ad Lib, at Madison Avenue.
"Out Like a Light" by Gordon Randall Garrett
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In poetry:

You look as if hewn in the rough-
A stray verse line dashed off ad lib.
You make me think it is the truth-
That you were made out of my rib.
"Eve" by Boris Pasternak

In news:

Charmant Presents New Ad Lib Frames.
Charmant Group expands its brand portfolio with the introduction of Ad Lib , a young, energetic collection designed for those seeking to show off their distinctive style with a sharp fashion sense.
Charmant Group expands its brand portfolio with the introduction of Ad Lib, a young, energetic collection designed for those seeking to show off their distinctive style with a sharp fashion sense.
Rick Ross, now referred to as Ricky Rozay by himself and anyone associated, is a man who commands such attention that a single grunt or ad-lib makes his presence known in a crowd or on a track.
The crisp mono soundtrack chaotically combines pop tunes, ad-libbed dialogue, and background turmoil.
A casual observer might not realize either: as Mr Stone looked on, Mr Parker, voicing part of the film's dialogue, was ad-libbing a spray of enthusiastic profanity in his best G.I.
That was Seattle's Jessica Dobson, who ad-libbed the majority of the solo on the spot.
Ad- lib some of these lines.
This week on Ad Libs .
For more images by Honore Daumier, including a vivid 1860 oil painting called "The Drama," check out Weekly arts editor Rebecca Wallace's blog, Ad Libs , which is now in a spiffy new location on Tumblr.
He had brought his Orlando Magic to the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers and his playful ad-lib videos as a Vitaminwater spokesman were going viral.
Ad-libbing a new ending to a Mozart concerto changed Jordan Critz' world – not to mention his standing in the piano competition in which he was playing.
That was Seattle's Jessica Dobson , who ad-libbed the majority of the solo on the spot.
Ad-lib lineup delivers for Sporting KC in 1-1 draw in Seattle.
Jeb Bush ad-libs about brother George W Bush at GOP convention.
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In science:

SMT-LIB examples.5 We however did not use SMT-LIB for benchmarking: the performance of a complete SMT solver is influenced by many factors, including the performance of the SAT solver, the ease of adding new clauses on the fly, etc., outside of the pure speed of the decision procedure.
On using floating-point computations to help an exact linear arithmetic decision procedure
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