from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An obsolete form of canvas.


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  • I just wanted to tell how impressed I was, not only by the complexity of the narative canevas (that is quite unique in the fantasy genre) but mostly by the stylistic qualities of the books.

    Can't Shut Me Up

  • The same can be said about the fantasy genre, with its plethora of orcs and dragons; or, for that matter, the police/noir genre, with all its murders and detectives who are very often molded on the same canevas.

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  • Les élèves avaient comme point de départ un “canevas” qui plantait le décor leur donnant le contexte de leur histoire et leur donnait des instructions assez précises pour guider leur texte.

    “Alors ils leur font la guerre” — Climb to the Stars

  • Whether it was to continue to do so would depend upon the manner in which the canevas over which he had laboured to the glory of Binet was interpreted by the company.


  • After dinner M. Binet read to the assembled company the amended and amplified canevas of "The Heartless Father," which, acting upon the advice of M. Parvissimus, he had been at great pains to prepare.


  • The company's reception of the canevas now confirmed him, if we except Polichinelle, who, annoyed at having lost half his part in the alterations, declared the new scenario fatuous.


  • They would make their triumphal entry into the town at noon, and setting up their stage in the old market, they would give their first performance that same Saturday night, in a new canevas -- or scenario -- of M. Binet's own, which should set the rustics gaping.


  • Of the merits of the canevas itself he had no doubt.


  • There was a verve, a grip about this story; and, what was more, those of them who knew their Moliere realized that far from approaching the original more closely, this canevas had drawn farther away from it.


  • Quand il causait, la verve du vieillard brodait sur le canevas un peu lourd de l'allemand ses brilliantes arabesques latines, grecques, fran�aises, anglaises, italiennes.

    Essays of Schopenhauer


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