American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A heavy, coarse, closely woven fabric of cotton, hemp, or flax, used for tents and sails.
- n. A piece of such fabric on which a painting, especially an oil painting, is executed.
- n. A painting executed on such fabric.
- n. A fabric of coarse open weave, used as a foundation for needlework.
- n. The background against which events unfold, as in a historical narrative: a grim portrait of despair against the bright canvas of the postwar economy.
- n. Nautical A sail or set of sails.
- n. A tent or group of tents.
- n. A circus tent.
- n. Sports The floor of a ring in which boxing or wrestling takes place.
- idiom. under canvas Nautical With sails spread.
- idiom. under canvas In a tent or tents.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. pl. canvases, sometimes canvasses. A closely woven, dense, heavy cloth of hemp or flax, used for any purpose for which strength and durability are required. Specifically—
- n. A fabric woven in small square meshes, used for working tapestry or embroidery with the needle.
- n. Nautical, cloth in sails, or sails in general: as, to spread as much canvas as the ship will bear.
- Made of canvas.
- To provide or cover with canvas.
- To toss as in canvas; shake; take to task.
- To sift; examine; discuss: in this sense now usually spelled canvass (which see).
- n. In cricket, a sheet of white canvas stretched on the boundary as a background behind the bowler, to aid the batsman in seeing the ball.
- n. A painting executed on canvas.
- n. Words written to an air without reference to the sense, simply to indicate to the poet or song-writer the measure of the verses he is to supply.
- n. A type of coarse cloth, woven from hemp, useful for making sails and tents or as a surface for paintings.
- n. A piece of canvas cloth stretched across a frame on which one may paint.
- n. A basis for creative work.
- n. computer graphics A region on which graphics can be rendered.
- n. nautical sails in general
- n. A tent.
- n. alternative spelling of canvass.
- v. To cover an area or object with canvas.
- v. alternative spelling of canvass.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A strong cloth made of hemp, flax, or cotton; -- used for tents, sails, etc.
- n. A coarse cloth so woven as to form regular meshes for working with the needle, as in tapestry, or worsted work.
- n. A piece of strong cloth of which the surface has been prepared to receive painting, commonly painting in oil.
- n. 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.
- n. 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.
- adj. Made of, pertaining to, or resembling, canvas or coarse cloth.
- v. consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning
- n. the mat that forms the floor of the ring in which boxers or professional wrestlers compete
- v. cover with canvas
- n. the setting for a narrative or fictional or dramatic account
- v. get the opinions (of people) by asking specific questions
- n. a large piece of fabric (usually canvas fabric) by means of which wind is used to propel a sailing vessel
- n. a tent made of canvas fabric
- n. an oil painting on canvas fabric
- v. solicit votes from potential voters in an electoral campaign
- n. a heavy, closely woven fabric (used for clothing or chairs or sails or tents)
- From Anglo-Norman, from Old Northern French canevas (compare Old French chanevas, chenevas) from a root ultimately derived from Latin cannabis, possibly a Vulgar Latin *cannabāceus or *cannapāceus. Cf. French canevas, resulting from a blend of the Old French and a Picard dialect word, itself from Old Northern French. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English canevas, from Old French and from Medieval Latin canavāsium, both ultimately from Latin cannabis, hemp; see cannabis. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Starting with paintings like this one, the canvas is the whole object, the whole universe, and there is nothing beyond it.”
“Hemp, or _Cannabis sativa_, from which we possibly derive the modern term canvas, was known to the ancients and used by them for rope and cordage and occasionally for cloth.”
“The wonderful thing about starting with an almost blank canvas is that every discovery is that much more meaningful and exciting.”
“The width of this canvas is never the full girth of the human body it is to surround.”
“My canvas is my life, and I give you the colors and brushes of me.”
“Mignola's canvas is on full display in this oversized tome.”
“Below, a couple of men were sewing the "bricklayer's" body in canvas preparatory to the sea burial.”
“There are landscapes, flowers, abstract and many other prints that can be found in canvas artwork so you really need to make sure that the theme in the picture does not clash with the theme in your room.”
“Keep in mind the tarp I had in mind was a heavy canvas from a military tent.”
“These maps measure 40 inches x 24.5 inches and are printed on fine art canvas from a top-of-the-line Epson giclee printer.”
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