canvas

noun
can·vas | \ ˈkan-vəs \
variants: or less commonly canvass

Definition of canvas 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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 sailing under full canvas

3 : a piece of canvas used for a particular purpose a hammock made of canvas

4 : tent also : a group of tents

5a : a piece of cloth backed or framed as a surface for a painting an artist's canvas also : the painting on such a surface

b : the background, setting, or scope of a historical or fictional account or narrative the crowded canvas of history

6 : a stiff material (as of coarse cloth or plastic) that has regular meshes for working with a needle (as in needlepoint)

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

canvas

verb
canvased or canvassed; canvasing or canvassing

Definition of canvas (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cover, line, or furnish with canvas

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Other words from canvas

Noun

canvaslike \-vəs-ˌlīk \ adjective

Synonyms for canvas

Synonyms: Noun

oil, oil painting, painting

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Examples of canvas in a Sentence

Noun

a tent made of canvas Use a canvas to cover the boat. The museum has several canvases by Rubens.
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The center's teams of more than 50 conservationists wear surgical masks and use modern technology — like X-ray and ultraviolet machines — to uncover images that over time have faded away on canvases that average 300 years old. Fox News, "AP PHOTOS: Peruvian restoration center rescues art from ruin," 4 July 2018 In stark red and black canvases that employ figures distorted by violence, the Los Angeles artist tackles issues of police power and the darker chapters of U.S. history. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Datebook: Shots of old Route 66, dreamlike paintings and garments fashioned from paper," 12 July 2018 South Beach denizens know Crenshaw as a street artist who paints colorful canvases along sidewalks, according to The Miami Herald. Johnny Diaz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Armless street artist stabbed Chicago tourist in Miami Beach, police say," 12 July 2018 Jonathan Crenshaw is a homeless street artist in Miami, Florida, who frequently paints on canvases near tourist attractions in around South Beach, according to the Miami Herald. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Florida Man with No Arms Stabs Tourist Visiting Popular South Beach Area, Police Say," 11 July 2018 Mollusk summer shirt short-sleeve button-down, $95, Mollusk vacation shorts, $68; Jungmaven hemp stripe T-shirt, $76; the Hillside duck canvas sneakers, $19; Westperro desert sun hat, $95. SFChronicle.com, "25 ways to chase your perfect Bay Area summer," 11 July 2018 But because not everyone is as jazzed on the blank-canvas idea as Kristen Stewart is, the best advice is to think long and hard before you self-checkout that box dye. Ella Cerón, Teen Vogue, "How to Fix Bad Box Hair Dye," 10 July 2018 The house’s signature bucket bag, based on those used to feed horses; substantial travel bags; and canvas and leather shoulder bags—all of which are still available today, slightly updated. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Will Saddlers Union Be the Next Heritage House to Make It Big?," 6 July 2018 There were cotton twill pants, almost like a Carhartt, canvas-y type feel. Jeremy Fuchs, SI.com, "A Tour of Sports Movie Memorabilia Heaven," 6 July 2018

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The use of the commercial site allowed investigators to virtually canvas a new pool of possible suspects, which included relatives of the killer. Anita Chabria And Ryan Sabalow, sacbee, "Can DNA identify the Zodiac Killer now that it has revealed the East Area Rapist suspect?," 3 May 2018 The use of the commercial site allowed investigators to virtually canvas a new pool of possible suspects, which included relatives of the killer. Anita Chabria And Ryan Sabalow, sacbee, "Can DNA identify the Zodiac Killer now that it has revealed the East Area Rapist suspect?," 3 May 2018 The use of the commercial site allowed investigators to virtually canvas a new pool of possible suspects, which included relatives of the killer. Anita Chabria And Ryan Sabalow, sacbee, "Can DNA identify the Zodiac Killer now that it has revealed the East Area Rapist suspect?," 3 May 2018 Authorities were still at the scene and canvasing the area at about 1:20 p.m. Paige Fry, chicagotribune.com, "Shooting on Stevenson Expressway sends one to hospital," 21 June 2018 The use of the commercial site allowed investigators to virtually canvas a new pool of possible suspects, which included relatives of the killer. Anita Chabria And Ryan Sabalow, sacbee, "Can DNA identify the Zodiac Killer now that it has revealed the East Area Rapist suspect?," 3 May 2018 The show is also canvasing in other major cities such as Dallas, Seattle, New York and Nashville. Becca Smouse, azcentral, "Scottsdale resort to host casting call for 'The Bachelor' season 23," 29 May 2018 That’s why Ravens owner Steve Biscotti canvased season ticket holders when the front office was considering signing him. Steven Ruiz, For The Win, "NFL owners somehow managed to make Jed York look good with new anthem rule," 23 May 2018 Through realistic training, the candidates learn to canvas debris fields, keep their footing in rubble piles and alert handlers to live human scents. Bethany Hines, CNN, "Giving shelter dogs a new chance at life -- as search and rescue K-9s," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of canvas

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1556, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for canvas

Noun

Middle English canevas, from Anglo-French canevas, chanevaz, from Vulgar Latin *cannabaceus hempen, from Latin cannabis hemp — more at cannabis

Verb

see canvas entry 1

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canvas

noun

English Language Learners 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

canvas

noun
can·vas | \ ˈkan-vəs \

Kids Definition of canvas

1 : a strong cloth of hemp, flax, or cotton canvas bags

2 : a specially prepared piece of cloth used as a surface for painting

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