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canvas

noun can·vas \ˈkan-vəs\

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. 1 :  a firm closely woven cloth usually of linen, hemp, or cotton used for clothing and formerly much used for tents and sails

  2. 2 :  a set of sails :  sail

  3. 3 :  a piece of canvas used for a particular purpose

  4. 4 :  tent; also :  a group of tents

  5. 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. 6 :  a coarse cloth so woven as to form regular meshes for working with the needle

  7. 7 :  the canvas-covered floor of a boxing or wrestling ring

can·vas·like play \-vəs-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of canvas

  1. a tent made of canvas

  2. Use a canvas to cover the boat.

  3. The museum has several canvases by Rubens.



Variants of canvas

also can·vass play \ˈkan-vəs\

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

Other Textiles Terms


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canvas

verb can·vas

Definition of canvas

canvased or canvassedcanvas·ing or canvass·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to cover, line, or furnish with canvas



1556

First Known Use of canvas

1556




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