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(1)   A heavy, closely woven fabric (used for clothing or chairs or sails or tents)
(2)   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)   An oil painting on canvas fabric
(4)   A tent made of canvas fabric
(5)   A large piece of fabric (usually canvas fabric) by means of which wind is used to propel a sailing vessel
(6)   The setting for a narrative or fictional or dramatic account
"The crowded canvas of history"
"The movie demanded a dramatic canvas of sound"


(7)   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"
(8)   Cover with canvas
"She canvassed the walls of her living room so as to conceal the ugly cracks"
(9)   Get the opinions (of people) by asking specific questions
(10)   Solicit votes from potential voters in an electoral campaign


  1. A type of coarse cloth, woven from hemp, useful for making sails and tents or as a surface for paintings.
    • 1882, James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, Volume 4, p. 556.
      The term canvas is very widely used, as well to denote the coarse fabrics employed for kitchen use, as for strainers, and wraps for meat, as for the best quality of ordinary table and shirting linen. \
  2. A piece of canvas cloth stretched across a frame on which one may paint.
  3. A basis for creative work.
    The author takes rural midwestern life as a canvas for a series of tightly woven character studies.
  4. sails in general
  5. A tent.
    He spent the night under canvas.


  1. To cover an area or object with canvas.