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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 can·vass /ˈkænvəs/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Can·vass v. t. [imp. & p. p. canvassed p. pr. & vb. n. Canvassing.]
 1. To sift; to strain; to examine thoroughly; to scrutinize; as, to canvass the votes cast at an election; to canvass a district with reference to its probable vote.
    I have made careful search on all hands, and canvassed the matter with all possible diligence.   --Woodward.
 2. To examine by discussion; to debate.
    An opinion that we are likely soon to canvass.   --Sir W. Hamilton.
 3. To go through, with personal solicitation or public addresses; as, to canvass a district for votes; to canvass a city for subscriptions.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Can·vass, v. i. To search thoroughly; to engage in solicitation by traversing a district; as, to canvass for subscriptions or for votes; to canvass for a book, a publisher, or in behalf of a charity; -- commonly followed by for.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Can·vass, n.
 1. Close inspection; careful review for verification; as, a canvass of votes.
 2. Examination in the way of discussion or debate.
 3. Search; exploration; solicitation; systematic effort to obtain votes, subscribers, etc.
    No previous canvass was made for me.   --Burke.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: the setting for a narrative or fictional or dramatic
           account; "the crowded canvas of history"; "the movie
           demanded a dramatic canvas of sound" [syn: canvas]
      2: an inquiry into public opinion conducted by interviewing a
         random sample of people [syn: poll, opinion poll, public
         opinion poll]
      3: a large piece of fabric (as canvas) by means of which wind
         is used to propel a sailing vessel [syn: sail, canvas,
      4: a tent made of canvas [syn: canvas tent, canvas]
      5: an oil painting on canvas [syn: canvas]
      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: canvas]
      7: heavy closely woven fabric (used for clothing or chairs or
         sails or tents) [syn: canvas]
      v 1: get the opinions (of people) by asking specific questions
           [syn: poll, canvas]
      2: solicit votes from potential voters in an electoral campaign
         [syn: canvas]
      3: 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, canvas]