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canvas

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noun can·vas \ˈkan-vəs\

Definition of canvas

  1. 1 :  a firm closely woven cloth usually of linen, hemp, or cotton used for clothing and formerly much used for tents and sails

  2. 2 :  a set of sails :  sail <sailing under full canvas>

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

  4. 4 :  tent; also :  a group of tents

  5. 5a :  a piece of cloth backed or framed as a surface for a painting <an artist's canvas>; also :  the painting on such a surfaceb :  the background, setting, or scope of a historical or fictional account or narrative <the crowded canvas of history>

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

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

canvaslike

play \-vəs-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of canvas in a sentence

  1. a tent made of canvas

  2. Use a canvas to cover the boat.

  3. The museum has several canvases by Rubens.

Variants of canvas

or less commonly

canvass

Origin and Etymology of canvas

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


First Known Use: 13th century

Other Textiles Terms


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canvas

verb can·vas

Definition of canvas

canvased

or

canvassed

;

canvasing

or

canvassing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to cover, line, or furnish with canvas (see 1canvas) <The museum wall was canvased with Italian masterpieces.>

Origin and Etymology of canvas

see 1canvas


First Known Use: 1556



CANVAS Defined for English Language Learners

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canvas

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noun can·vas \ˈkan-vəs\

Definition of canvas for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

canvas

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noun can·vas \ˈkan-vəs\

Definition of canvas for Students

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

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



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