Vocabulary Builder

Vocabulary Builder

    Improve Your Writing

  • Boost your vocabulary
  • See words in the context of real sentences
  • Learn by association and by definition
  • Master a new lexicon!

Get Started Below

Vocabulary Word

Word: makeshift

Definition: temporary expedient or substitute (in the case of urgent need); Ex. makeshift shelter


Sentences Containing 'makeshift'

"The Cube" was taken away for repairs in September 2005, and for a short time a makeshift memorial out of white tubes replaced it.
A makeshift gas chamber was set up at the butcher shop of the prison.
A makeshift wooden bridge has been built in 2008, and a permanent new bridge will be erected by 2012.
A traditional instrument used is a makeshift tambourine made of several "tansan" (aluminium bottle caps) strung on some wire.
After months spent in makeshift camps as the ice continued its northwards drift, the party took to the lifeboats to reach the inhospitable, uninhabited Elephant Island.
After the attack Hartshead Moor services was used as a makeshift hospital and base for investigations.
Although makeshift, the fair was professionally handled, and although many exhibitors expressed concern, only three out of 104 dealers dropped out.
Although the court ruled in favor of the Purification and Reform Committee (PRC), the ruling was not sufficiently enforced, and fighting broke out between hundreds of monks using make-shift weaponry.
Among other memorials: when the Safeway store reopened after the shooting, the staff erected a makeshift memorial; at the 2011 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, Giffords' intern, Daniel Hernandez Jr., was accompanied onto the field by the families of the shooting victims, and threw the ceremonial first pitch; and for the 2011 State of the Union Address, Senator Mark Udall of Colorado proposed that members of both houses sit together regardless of party, with one seat left empty in honor of Giffords.
As a result of a defensive injury crisis at the club, Carrick started the 2012–13 season as a makeshift centre-back.
At the close of that first day, needing to descend to the valley below them before nightfall, they risked everything by sliding down a mountainside on a makeshift rope sledge.
Backed by a small squadron made up of five makeshift armored cars, the Phalangists then moved into three of the hotels – the Holiday Inn, the St Georges Hotel and the Phoenicia Inter-Continental – and a fierce five-day gun-battle between the INM and Phalange ensued.
Beer bottles are sometimes used as makeshift clubs, for instance in bar fights.
Clubs sometimes needed to find makeshift third kits for their players.
Despite 56 by wicketkeeper Paul Downton, promoted to makeshift opening batsman in the absence of Andy Lloyd, England were unable to save the match, losing on the fourth day, with another 5-55 for Garner.
During the 18th century, women boarding docked British warships would smuggle gin into the ship via makeshift flasks, created from pig's bladders and hidden inside their petticoats.
Even so, she has made a couple of appearances over the years with Paul Kantner's revamped version of Jefferson Starship when the band has played in Los Angeles, the most recent being a post-9/11 gig during which she came on the stage initially covered in black from head to toe in a makeshift burqa, which she removed to reveal a covering bearing an American flag and the words "No Fear".
Gen and his mother take refuge in a makeshift shack, and on August 16, dig up the skulls of their dead family members from the ruins of the former home.
Having studied the principles on which Paul's projector ran, Méliès designed a makeshift camera, which he built using parts recycled from machines used in his illusions.
He came to limited attention with some useful performances for the County XI during the makeshift fixture list of 1945, scoring 83 against the RAF Regiment.
He created a daily drum-regimen for himself in his makeshift music room which also doubled as his bedroom.
He gives the rest to Father Wills (Vondie Curtis-Hall), who runs a local makeshift shelter.
He goes to Gotham City to recruit small-time gang members into a makeshift "army".
In the book Knowlton, a former professional singer and owner of a public relations company, alleged that her father had been having an affair with Elizabeth Short and that Short was staying in a makeshift bedroom in their garage, where she suffered a miscarriage.
In this relatively short and fast battle, a very small garrison of Canadien Militia, with the assistance of Kahnawake Mohawk warriors, defended a makeshift log guardhouse on the Montreal road at the bridge over the Lacolle River (present day village of Lacolle, Quebec).
Jeb and the Flock attend Ari's makeshift funeral, each tossing dirt onto the casket; most say a few words.
Lex provides Scar with his plasma cannon while he makes her a makeshift shield and spear out of the remains of the dead Alien in return of her gratitude.
Metallica rented an old army barracks on the Presidio of San Francisco, California and converted it into a makeshift studio in January 2001.
Mines were laid with time fuzes and that night and on the night of 7/8 January, under the cover of a naval bombardment, the British troops began to fall back from their lines to the beaches, where makeshift piers were used to board boats.
On 25 December 1953, a major fire in Shek Kip Mei destroyed the makeshift homes of refugees from Mainland China, leaving 53,000 people homeless.
People and industries occupying the surrounding "upper" neighborhoods used the Hollow as a makeshift dump, which the inhabitants down below routinely scavenged for clothing, metals, building supplies, and even shoe repair needs.
Rambo comes to the camp, and in contradiction to his briefing, he finds US prisoners there and rescues one of them from a makeshift crucifixion.
Sebastian's "Journal", depicting Aderca as one "almost comical in his naiveté", recounts that, instead of hiding from the Guard's murderous rampage, he had walked into a Guardist meeting house "in search of information", being subsequently kidnapped and beaten up (but released just as others in the makeshift prison were being killed).
The dead were laid in piles along the camp wall or buried in a makeshift manner.
The elections of November 26, 1989 were free of the makeshift electoral procedures that had rendered the 1985 balloting questionable.
The events of "Time Gentlemen, Please!" continue from "Ben There, Dan That!"; in the first game, while attempting to rig a makeshift television antenna made out of a coathanger to watch a "Magnum, P.I." marathon, Ben and Dan find themselves transported aboard an alien spacecraft. Eventually, they discover the spacecraft was simply a mockup built in a warehouse, designed to keep them busy.
The final vote count, announced on December 23, produced the result that the makeshift electoral regulations had made all but inevitable — a president who garnered less than a majority of the total popular vote.
The handle portion can also double as a makeshift flat-blade screwdriver, with limited ability because of the rather soft sheet metal used.
The leaves are often used as makeshift toilet paper, prompting the nickname "woodsman's friend" Related species.
The locals then placed his body in a makeshift coffin, draped it in a French tricolour they found in his house, and buried him in the cemetery at nearby Sant Vicent de sa Cala.
The makeshift raft is shown as barely seaworthy as it rides the deep waves, while the men are rendered as broken and in utter despair.
The number of makeshift stalls are around 800, spread around Kalakar Street and other areas.
The Royal Navy requisitioned the passenger ship "Kinfauns Castle" to serve as a makeshift tender for Cutler's aircraft. On his first attempt to locate the cruiser, Cutler, who did not have a compass, got lost and was forced to land on a desert island.
The Safeway store reopened a week later, with a makeshift memorial erected near the front of the store.
The site, some 350 m from the modern coastline, contained pottery, tracks from the carts that would have served the port, and makeshift fireplaces where travelers waiting to take ship would have cooked and kept warm.
They defeated Team Masturbation (Beef Wellington and Excalibur) in the first round, the BLKOUT (Ruckus and Human Tornado) in the second round, and the makeshift team of Justice Pain and Human Tornado (subbing for Pain's partner in the H8 Club, Nick Gage, who left the building before the match) in the third round.
They had taken off his breastplate and backpiece, but they neither knew nor saw how to open his gorget or remove his make-shift helmet, for he had fastened it with green ribbons, which, as there was no untying the knots, required to be cut.
They make a makeshift arrow and place it in a gun to fire it into the Nun's heart and kill her.
This is neither a makeshift or a defect. To enter upon the path is the strength of thought, to continue on it is the feast of thought, assuming thinking is a craft. Not only is the main step from work to art a circle like the step from art to work, but every separate step that we attempt circles this circle.
This word has a connotation of "makeshift".

More Vocab Words

::: confiscate - seize; take possession of (private property) by official order (usu. as a punishment); commandeer
::: discomfit - frustrate; put to rout; defeat; disconcert; embarrass; perturb
::: adept - expert at; very skilled
::: incredulity - tendency to disbelief
::: contrived - unnatural and forced; artificial; not spontaneous; Ex. The ending was rather contrived.
::: spate - sudden flood or rush; Ex. spate of accidents
::: dominant - exercising the most influence; high and easily seen; stronger than the other part of a system; not recessive
::: anthropomorphic - having human form or characteristics
::: retribution - deserved punishment for wrongdoing; punishment for offenses; compensation; vengeance; CF. pay back
::: obsolete - outmoded; no longer used