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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As PopSugar reports, options range from platform-soled low-tops doused in black sparkles to high-tops with silver glitter on one side, and standard canvas in turquoise, purple, yellow or black on the other. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Converse and Chiara Ferragni Collaborate on Glittery Sneaker Collection," 11 Nov. 2018 So there was a couple years back something called canvas fingerprinting. Eric Johnson, Recode, "It may be ‘data journalism,’ but Julia Angwin’s new site the Markup is nothing like FiveThirtyEight," 27 Sep. 2018 And this game's canvas is way more explosive than its Nintendo inspiration. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Diablo 3, Untitled Goose Game lead PAX West’s Nintendo Switch lineup," 4 Sep. 2018 While Cesta’s baskets come with drawstring canvas interiors and knotted leather straps, the shape is nearly identical to the Rwandan original. Emily Farra, Vogue, "The Duo Behind Cesta Collective Is Building a “Next-Gen Sustainable Brand” in Africa," 16 Nov. 2018 Inside, though, the geometric shape has been wrapped in gray canvas and outfitted with modern furniture that make the spaces feel more luxury sleepaway camp than radical architectural experiment. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "You can rent these modern geodesic domes nestled in a forest," 15 Nov. 2018 The New York Times speculates that the shredder's jaws weren't enough to mince up the canvas, whereas paper would have been an easier job. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Here's a Look Inside Banksy's $1.4 Million Paper Shredder," 18 Oct. 2018 Giving yourself the right canvas to work with is the easiest way to make makeup look good. As Told To Lauren Balsamo, Redbook, "'This Is Us' Star Mandy Moore Shares Her Secret to Looking and Feeling Her Best," 21 Sep. 2018 The canvas covering appears to be more suitable for containing a solid, as opposed to a liquid. James Rogers, Fox News, "'World's oldest cheese' discovered in ancient Egyptian tomb," 20 Aug. 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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