Definitions for: Canvas

[n] heavy closely woven fabric (used for clothing or chairs or sails or tents)
[n] the mat that forms the floor of the ring in which boxers or professional wrestlers compete; "the boxer picked himself up off the canvas"
[n] an oil painting on canvas
[n] a tent made of canvas
[n] a large piece of fabric (as canvas) by means of which wind is used to propel a sailing vessel
[n] the setting for a narrative or fictional or dramatic account; "the crowded canvas of history"; "the movie demanded a dramatic canvas of sound"
[v] get the opinions of people, for example
[v] solicit votes from potential voters in an electoral campaign

Webster (1913) Definition: Can"vas, n. [OE. canvas, canevas, F. canevas, LL.
canabacius hempen cloth, canvas, L. cannabis hemp, fr. G. ?.
See Hemp.]
1. A strong cloth made of hemp, flax, or cotton; -- used for
tents, sails, etc.

By glimmering lanes and walls of canvas led.

(a) A coarse cloth so woven as to form regular meshes for
working with the needle, as in tapestry, or worsted
(b) A piece of strong cloth of which the surface has been
prepared to receive painting, commonly painting in

History . . . does not bring out clearly upon
the canvas the details which were familiar. --J.
H. Newman.

3. Something for which canvas is used:
(a) A sail, or a collection of sails.
(b) A tent, or a collection of tents.
(c) A painting, or a picture on canvas.

To suit his canvas to the roughness of the see.

Light, rich as that which glows on the canvas of
Claude. --Macaulay.

4. A rough draft or model of a song, air, or other literary
or musical composition; esp. one to show a poet the
measure of the verses he is to make. --Grabb.

Can"vas, a.
Made of, pertaining to, or resembling, canvas or coarse
cloth; as, a canvas tent.

Synonyms: canvas tent, canvass, canvass, canvass, poll, sail, sheet

See Also: background, balloon sail, beg, big top, circularise, circularize, circus tent, cloth, collapsible shelter, crossjack, fabric, field tent, fore-and-aft sail, foresail, gym mat, headsail, hemp, mainsail, main-topsail, mat, material, mizzen course, oil painting, piece of cloth, piece of material, press of canvas, press of sail, ring, round top, royal, sailing ship, sailing vessel, save-all, scope, setting, Sibley tent, skysail, solicit, square sail, survey, tap, tarp, tarpaulin, tent, textile, top, topgallant, topgallant sail, topsail, wall tent

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