1. [ noun ] (clothing) heavy closely woven fabric (used for clothing or chairs or sails or tents)
Synonyms: canvass
Related terms: fabric tarpaulin hemp
2. [ noun ] (fine art) an oil painting on canvas
Synonyms: canvass
Related terms: oil_painting
3. [ noun ] the setting for a narrative or fictional or dramatic account
Synonyms: canvass

"the crowded canvas of history" "the movie demanded a dramatic canvas of sound"

Related terms: setting
4. [ noun ] (housing) a tent made of canvas
Synonyms: canvass canvas_tent
Related terms: tent wall_tent field_tent Sibley_tent circus_tent
5. [ verb ] solicit votes from potential voters in an electoral campaign
Synonyms: canvass
Related terms: solicit circulate canvasser
6. [ verb ] cover with canvas

"She canvassed the walls of her living room so as to conceal the ugly cracks"

Related terms: cover
7. [ noun ] (nautical,clothing) a large piece of fabric (as canvas) by means of which wind is used to propel a sailing vessel
Synonyms: sail sheet canvass
Related terms: piece_of_cloth crossjack foresail fore-topsail fore-and-aft_sail mainsail main-topsail balloon_sail press_of_sail royal headsail save-all skysail square_sail topgallant topsail sailing_vessel
8. [ verb ] consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning
Synonyms: study analyze examine analyse canvass

"analyze a sonnet by Shakespeare" "analyze the evidence in a criminal trial" "analyze your real motives"

Related terms: compare check investigate review view trace survey diagnose screen audit diagnose sift assay survey anatomize sieve survey analysis examen
9. [ verb ] (statistics) get the opinions (of people) by asking specific questions
Synonyms: canvass poll
Related terms: survey circularize poll pollster
10. [ noun ] (sport,boxing,games) the mat that forms the floor of the ring in which boxers or professional wrestlers compete
Synonyms: canvass

"the boxer picked himself up off the canvas"

Related terms: mat ring ring
Similar spelling:   canvass