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Meaning of CANVAS

Pronunciation:  'kanvus

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  heavy closely woven fabric (used for clothing or chairs or sails or tents)
  2. [n]  the mat that forms the floor of the ring in which boxers or professional wrestlers compete; "the boxer picked himself up off the canvas"
  3. [n]  an oil painting on canvas
  4. [n]  a tent made of canvas
  5. [n]  a large piece of fabric (as canvas) by means of which wind is used to propel a sailing vessel
  6. [n]  the setting for a narrative or fictional or dramatic account; "the crowded canvas of history"; "the movie demanded a dramatic canvas of sound"
  7. [v]  get the opinions of people, for example
  8. [v]  solicit votes from potential voters in an electoral campaign

CANVAS is a 6 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: canvas tent, canvass, canvass, canvass, poll, sail, sheet
 See Also: background, balloon sail, beg, big top, circularise, circularize, circus tent, cloth, collapsible shelter, crossjack, fabric, field tent, fore-and-aft sail, foresail, gym mat, headsail, hemp, mainsail, main-topsail, mat, material, mizzen course, oil painting, piece of cloth, piece of material, press of canvas, press of sail, ring, round top, royal, sailing ship, sailing vessel, save-all, scope, setting, Sibley tent, skysail, solicit, square sail, survey, tap, tarp, tarpaulin, tent, textile, top, topgallant, topgallant sail, topsail, wall tent



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Can"vas\, n. [OE. canvas, canevas, F. canevas, LL.
    canabacius hempen cloth, canvas, L. cannabis hemp, fr. G. ?.
    See {Hemp}.]
    1. A strong cloth made of hemp, flax, or cotton; -- used for
       tents, sails, etc.
             By glimmering lanes and walls of canvas led.
       (a) A coarse cloth so woven as to form regular meshes for
           working with the needle, as in tapestry, or worsted
       (b) A piece of strong cloth of which the surface has been
           prepared to receive painting, commonly painting in
                 History . . . does not bring out clearly upon
                 the canvas the details which were familiar. --J.
                                                   H. Newman.
    3. Something for which canvas is used:
       (a) A sail, or a collection of sails.
       (b) A tent, or a collection of tents.
       (c) A painting, or a picture on canvas.
                 To suit his canvas to the roughness of the see.
                 Light, rich as that which glows on the canvas of
                 Claude.                           --Macaulay.
    4. A rough draft or model of a song, air, or other literary
       or musical composition; esp. one to show a poet the
       measure of the verses he is to make. --Grabb.
  2. \Can"vas\, a.
    Made of, pertaining to, or resembling, canvas or coarse
    cloth; as, a canvas tent.
Thesaurus Terms
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