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 canvas in this analogy is a vast swath of ocean, and the paint, instead of Louis’s colorful acrylics, is toxic, smothering crude. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Edward Burtynsky photos at Cleveland Museum of Art document mankind’s troubled relationship with water," 23 June 2019 Nearby is a digital canvas that lets visitors design their own poster while learning about the medium’s history. Anne Quito, Quartzy, "A new museum dedicated to the enduring power of posters opens in New York City," 20 June 2019 Shane’s latest canvas is a metal roll-up door, through which cars once rolled for repairs. Laura Newberry, latimes.com, "In a tiny California town ravaged by fire, a muralist finds a calling — and notoriety," 18 June 2019 Shane’s latest canvas is a metal roll-up door, through which cars once rolled for repairs. Laura Newberry, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column One: In a tiny California town ravaged by fire, a muralist finds a calling — and notoriety," 18 June 2019 Our bookbag is a zippered, black, water-resistant poly-canvas. The Reader's Catalog, "New York Review of Books Bookbag," 17 June 2019 Krasner’s grief, her rage, her power are all contained within the canvas, layered in jagged streaks of dark brown and daubs of white. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Irrepressible Emotion of Lee Krasner," 13 June 2019 Up to nine utility boxes are eligible to be wrapped in the 2D art canvas, with the main locations being at downtown intersections on East Highland Avenue, East Chicago Street and South Grove Avenue. Rafael Guerrero, Elgin Courier-News, "Art-wrapped utility box unveiled at corner of Highland and Riverside in downtown Elgin," 11 June 2019 Through artistic expression utilizing the canvas of quilts, the artists of Women of Color Quilters Network have produced works reflecting social commentary on the civil rights movement and issues of race in America. Luann Gibbs, Cincinnati.com, "Things to do in Cincinnati this week: June 10-16," 9 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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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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