Definition of Canvas

1. Noun. A heavy, closely woven fabric (used for clothing or chairs or sails or tents).

Exact synonyms: Canvass
Generic synonyms: Cloth, Fabric, Material, Textile
Specialized synonyms: Tarp, Tarpaulin
Terms within: Hemp

2. Verb. Solicit votes from potential voters in an electoral campaign.
Exact synonyms: Canvass
Generic synonyms: Beg, Solicit, Tap
Specialized synonyms: Circularize
Derivative terms: Canvasser, Canvass

3. Noun. An oil painting on canvas fabric.
Exact synonyms: Canvass
Generic synonyms: Oil Painting

4. Verb. Get the opinions (of people) by asking specific questions.
Exact synonyms: Canvass, Poll
Generic synonyms: Survey
Specialized synonyms: Circularise, Circularize
Derivative terms: Canvasser, Canvass, Canvasser, Poll

5. Noun. The setting for a narrative or fictional or dramatic account. "The movie demanded a dramatic canvas of sound"
Exact synonyms: Canvass
Generic synonyms: Background, Scope, Setting

6. Verb. Cover with canvas. "She canvassed the walls of her living room so as to conceal the ugly cracks"
Generic synonyms: Cover

7. Noun. A tent made of canvas fabric.
Exact synonyms: Canvas Tent, Canvass
Specialized synonyms: Big Top, Circus Tent, Round Top, Top, Field Tent, Sibley Tent, Wall Tent
Generic synonyms: Collapsible Shelter, Tent

8. Verb. Consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning. "Sam and Sue canvas the movie "; "Analyze your real motives"

9. Noun. A large piece of fabric (usually canvas fabric) by means of which wind is used to propel a sailing vessel.

10. Noun. The mat that forms the floor of the ring in which boxers or professional wrestlers compete. "The boxer picked himself up off the canvas"
Exact synonyms: Canvass
Generic synonyms: Gym Mat, Mat
Group relationships: Ring

Definition of Canvas

1. n. A strong cloth made of hemp, flax, or cotton; -- used for tents, sails, etc.

2. a. Made of, pertaining to, or resembling, canvas or coarse cloth; as, a canvas tent.

Definition of Canvas

1. Noun. A type of coarse cloth, woven from hemp, useful for making sails and tents or as a surface for paintings. ¹

2. Noun. A piece of canvas cloth stretched across a frame on which one may paint. ¹

3. Noun. A basis for creative work. ¹

4. Noun. (computer graphics) A region on which graphics can be rendered. ¹

5. Noun. (nautical) sails in general ¹

6. Noun. A tent. ¹

7. Noun. (alternative spelling of canvass) ¹

8. Verb. To cover an area or object with canvas. ¹

9. Verb. (alternative spelling of canvass) ¹

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Definition of Canvas

1. to canvass [v -ED, -ING, -ES] - See also: canvass

Lexicographical Neighbors of Canvas

canvas (current term)
canvas tent
canvasback duck

Literary usage of Canvas

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Transactions by Ecclesiological Society, William Angus Knight, Wordsworth Society (1900)
"The inventories do not, as a rule, specify the variety of canvas. ... At St. Mary Hill in 1503 Normandy canvas was about ^d. an ell (Nichols, Illustrations, ..."

2. Nature by Norman Lockyer (1877)
"The first instance on record of this being done for an actual ship or design is that given in a paper " On the Stability of Monitors under canvas," read in ..."

3. Economic and Social History of New England, 1620-1789 by William Babcock Weeden (1890)
"The manufacture of duck for canvas had been always encouraged by the colonies. canvas was a prime necessity for the fisheries and for commerce. ..."

4. The Merchants' Magazine and Commercial Review by Isaac Smith Homans, William Buck Dana (1866)
"canvas T8. STEAM. The r< suit of this year's race from Foo-ehoo to London ... without steam, caa peil'uim, wiih canvas alone, this most lengthy voyage at a ..."

5. Days at the Factories: Or, The Manufacturing Industry of Great Britain by George Dodd (1843)
"Each bale contains canvas of one particular width, the lengths and widths ... The canvas is rolled up and deposited in the canvas store-room till wanted. ..."

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