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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In a nod to the artistic technique of pouring paint on canvas, Cruz suspends chrysalises above watercolor paper. George Fishman, miamiherald, "Monarchs ‘Brown and Native’ butterfly exhibit a response to contemporary events," 13 July 2018 This marvel is one of nature's most spectacular sights: Imagine hundreds of thousands of birds in motion, caressing the sky like a brush on canvas. Lucas Ramirez, Fox News, "'Designed for More' by Lucas Ramirez," 24 June 2018 Graffiti artists also worked (on canvas), creating pieces depicting the station and its renovation. Marc Daalder, Detroit Free Press, "Detroiters flock to see train station; Monday added to open house," 22 June 2018 The eerie works of art are screen-printed on canvas (unlike his famous Polaroids) in neon colors. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Calvin Klein Is Putting Andy Warhol’s Face on Jeans," 7 June 2018 Glow-in-the-dark painting on canvas; supplies included; snacks and sweets for all. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Plantation and Sunrise area events, May 9-19," 8 May 2018 The Vermeer, in turn, leaned on scans from high-quality art books, which were enlarged and printed on canvas. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Digital Forensics Reconstructs Seven Lost Masterpieces," 7 May 2018 His oil on canvas fit in well with the evening's theme. Kitty Leshay, Courant Community, "Arts On Main Welcomes Spring," 26 Apr. 2018 That’s a squirrel painted on canvas; hewed from metal, stone or porcelain; or created with the tiny tiles of a mosaic. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Hunting for the art squirrels of Washington: Artists have rendered the critters in all sorts of ways," 20 Apr. 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

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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