canvas

noun
can·​vas | \ ˈkan-vəs How to pronounce canvas (audio) \
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 \ ˈkan-​vəs-​ˌlīk How to pronounce canvaslike (audio) \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In Marques’Almeida’s striped jumper and matching pants, Beyoncé coordinated perfectly with the backdrop of reds and greens on Lang’s circular canvas. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Beyoncé Just Took the Ultimate Art-Selfie in This Luxury L.A. Concept Store," 25 Jan. 2019 Finally cover the floor with canvas or plastic drop cloths, and drape the walls in lightweight plastic sheeting. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Remove a Popcorn Ceiling," 25 Jan. 2019 Sure, oats are plain on their own, but that's exactly what makes them such a perfect canvas to experiment on. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Eat Oatmeal Every Day Without Getting Sick of It," 4 Jan. 2019 Ursa Minor uses a water-resistant, breathable Sunbrella canvas to keep the bugs out and the temperature comfortable. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Affordable pop-top transforms your van into a camper for $7K," 5 Dec. 2018 Peel the wrapping paper off of the crayons (optional), and glue them to the canvas. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "How to Make Melted Crayon Art," 24 Aug. 2018 Pike’s Waterfront Lodge, Fairbanks, AK Alaska has long drawn adventurers and naturalists seeking to capture its wild beauty on canvas. Stephanie Granada, Sunset, "12 Incredible Hotels for Art Lovers," 22 Jan. 2018 Some children live with foster families and are treated to Broadway shows, while others sleep in canvas tents exposed to the elements amid the Texas desert. Garance Burke, The Seattle Times, "AP Investigation: Migrant kids held in mass shelters," 19 Dec. 2018 The paint forms various viscous filaments, which are thrown against a vertical canvas. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Study: modern masters like Jackson Pollock were “intuitive physicists”," 26 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 and Verb

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

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The first known use of canvas was in the 13th century

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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 How to pronounce canvas (audio) \

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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