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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The 26-year-old painted a canvas of Hussle, which stands on the outer side of Earle’s Restaurant in Leimert Park. Dorany Pineda, latimes.com, "Across L.A., murals are a testament to Nipsey Hussle’s legacy," 14 July 2019 For $49, the tour includes teacher guidance and art supplies, including a canvas to take home. Susan G. Hauser, BostonGlobe.com, "High hopes for your next vacation: cannabis tourism grows," 11 July 2019 The sun shimmers in the windows of beachside apartments and creates a changing canvas of colours behind the peak of Sugarloaf Mountain. Sarah Esther Maslin, 1843, "Rio is a riot in the early hours," 4 July 2019 The German colours work, so long as they are paired with a white canvas - not a bottle green one. SI.com, "50 Worst Football Shirts of All Time," 3 July 2019 Detectives are conducting a canvas of the area in an attempt to find any potential witnesses or surveillance footage. Doha Madani, NBC News, "Police investigate 11th murder of a black transgender woman this year," 28 June 2019 These Crocs prove that clothing can simultaneously have a loud personality and be a blank canvas all at the same time. Michelle Li, Teen Vogue, "Barneys and Crocs Made The Ugly 'Punk' Shoes of Our Dreams, and We Really Want Them?," 21 June 2019 Many took up the offer to paint on a large canvas that would be displayed at the hospital. Sue Ellen Ross, Post-Tribune, "Cancer suvivors celebrate with testimonials, activities," 7 June 2019 Hernandez said officers conducted a canvas, but a crime scene wasn’t located. Katie Moore, kansascity, "KC police investigate two separate shootings including incident involving dad and son," 3 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Berry, 30, should wait until after the preseason starts and canvas the league for a landing spot. Ryan O'halloran, The Denver Post, "Broncos Mailbag: Will receiver Courtland Sutton have a breakout year in 2019?," 25 June 2019 Charter operators pay hundreds of dollars a day to anchor on the river while CBP agents canvass their ships with dogs. Rowan Moore Gerety, Harper's magazine, "Downstream," 10 June 2019 Police canvased the neighborhood, but did not find the source of the disturbance. Joan Rusek, cleveland.com, "Man breaks into house he thought was his friend’s: Bainbridge Township Police Blotter," 5 June 2019 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

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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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The first known use of canvas was in the 13th century

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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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