1. A strong cloth made of hemp, flax, or cotton; -- used for tents, sails, etc.
By glimmering lanes and walls of canvas led. --Tennyson.
2. (a) A coarse cloth so woven as to form regular meshes for working with the needle, as in tapestry, or worsted work. (b) A piece of strong cloth of which the surface has been prepared to receive painting, commonly painting in oil.
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. --Goldsmith.
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.
Can·vas, a. Made of, pertaining to, or resembling, canvas or coarse cloth; as, a canvas tent.
n 1: heavy closely woven fabric (used for clothing or chairs or
sails or tents) [syn: canvass]
2: an oil painting on canvas [syn: canvass]
3: the setting for a narrative or fictional or dramatic
account; "the crowded canvas of history"; "the movie
demanded a dramatic canvas of sound" [syn: canvass]
4: a tent made of canvas [syn: canvas tent, canvass]
5: a large piece of fabric (as canvas) by means of which wind
is used to propel a sailing vessel [syn: sail, canvass,
6: the mat that forms the floor of the ring in which boxers or
professional wrestlers compete; "the boxer picked himself
up off the canvas" [syn: canvass]
v 1: solicit votes from potential voters in an electoral campaign
2: get the opinions (of people) by asking specific questions
[syn: poll, canvass]
3: cover with canvas; "She canvassed the walls of her living
room so as to conceal the ugly cracks"
4: consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to
discover essential features or meaning; "analyze a sonnet
by Shakespeare"; "analyze the evidence in a criminal
trial"; "analyze your real motives" [syn: analyze, analyse,
study, examine, canvass]