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canvas

noun can·vas \ ˈkan-vəs \
variants: or less commonly canvass
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of canvas

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
5 a : 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

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.

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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

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canvas

verb

Definition of canvas

canvased or canvassed; canvasing or canvassing
transitive verb
: to cover, line, or furnish with canvas

Recent Examples of canvas from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of canvas



CANVAS Defined for English Language Learners

canvas

noun

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

noun can·vas \ ˈkan-vəs \

Definition of canvas for Students

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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