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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The American abstract expressionist painter Joan Mitchell rose to prominence during the second half of the 20th century; she was known for her large-scale canvas works, an outpouring of exuberant brushstrokes and blazing color. Thomas Gebremedhin, WSJ, "The Charming Letters of One of America’s Painting Legends," 3 May 2019 The property has come a long way from the original Miramar by the Sea, which opened in the late 1800s when a farming family rented rooms in its house and later added tentlike canvas cabins, says Hattie Beresford, a local historian. Candace Jackson, Town & Country, "The Rosewood Miramar Beach Is Montecito's Newest Luxury Hotel—and Private Club For Those Who Want the Real Perks," 27 Apr. 2019 The weekender is made of textured cotton canvas with leather accents, which also feels very nice. Tara Gonzalez, Glamour, "This Weekender Bag Makes Me Not Horrible at Packing," 26 Apr. 2019 Lomachenko shook it off and finished crisply after the break, ending it with a right hand that dropped Crolla face-first onto the canvas with an apparently broken nose. Greg Beacham, The Seattle Times, "Lomachenko stops Crolla in 4th, defends lightweight belts," 13 Apr. 2019 However, the Wild Fable stripe’s placement and contrast with the black canvas of the shoe is also part of the trade dress trademark, the suit argues. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Can Vans really sue Target for a cheap look-alike of its most famous skater shoe?," 26 Dec. 2018 These bags dangle off the frame like shingles, creating the the canvas for the drone’s mud. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Mud-spraying drones could help build emergency shelters," 27 Sep. 2018 Beneath the peaked canvas, Tesla has hastily set up a third Model 3 production line. Neal E. Boudette, New York Times, "Can Elon Musk and Tesla Reinvent the Way Cars Are Made?," 30 June 2018 This made for the ideal canvas for the second session, as the various colors and darker roots allow for a more natural-looking effect, which is the whole concept of balayage. Wendy Sy, Allure, "Colorist Uses Balayage to Create "Khloé Blonde" Hair Color Inspired by Your Favorite Kardashian," 20 June 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 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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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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