Simple Definition of canvas
: a strong, rough cloth that is used to make bags, tents, sails, etc.
: a specially prepared piece of cloth on which a picture can be painted by an artist
: a painting made on a piece of cloth
Full Definition of canvas
1 : a firm closely woven cloth usually of linen, hemp, or cotton used for clothing and formerly much used for tents and sails
2 : a set of sails : sail
3 : a piece of canvas used for a particular purpose
4 : tent; also : a group of tents
5 a : a piece of cloth backed or framed as a surface for a painting; also : the painting on such a surface b : the background, setting, or scope of a historical or fictional account or narrative
6 : a coarse cloth so woven as to form regular meshes for working with the needle
7 : the canvas-covered floor of a boxing or wrestling ring
Examples of canvas
a tent made of canvas
Use a canvas to cover the boat.
The museum has several canvases by Rubens.
Variants of canvas
Origin of canvas
Middle English canevas, from Anglo-French canevas, chanevaz, from Vulgar Latin *cannabaceus hempen, from Latin cannabis hemp — more at cannabis
First Known Use: 13th century
Definition of canvas
canvased or canvassedcanvas·ing or canvass·ing
: to cover, line, or furnish with canvas
First Known Use of canvas
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