canvas

Canvas is a heavy, coarse fabric artists paint on. It's also used to make sails, shoes, tents, or comfy director's chairs. It's a full service fabric!

The noun canvas comes from the Latin cannabis by way of the Greek kannabis, meaning “hemp," which it was originally made of. It usually refers to the canvas we paint on, but you could carry a canvas bag while wearing canvas Converse high-tops. Henry David Thoreau, the poet and philosopher, said, “The world is but a canvas to our imaginations.” Don't confuse it with canvass, with the extra "s" — that's when people try to chat to get your vote.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: canvas

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nv
a heavy, closely woven fabric (used for clothing or chairs or sails or tents)
cover with canvas
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v
consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: canvas
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n a heavy, closely woven fabric (used for clothing or chairs or sails or tents)

Synonyms:
canvass
Types:
tarp, tarpaulin
waterproofed canvas
Type of:
cloth, fabric, material, textile
artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers

n a large piece of fabric (usually canvas fabric) by means of which wind is used to propel a sailing vessel

Synonyms:
canvass, sail, sheet
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balloon sail
any light loose sail
crossjack, mizzen course
the lowermost sail on a mizzenmast
fore-and-aft sail
any sail not set on a yard and whose normal position is in a fore-and-aft direction
foresail
the lowest sail on the foremast of a square-rigged vessel
headsail
any sail set forward of the foremast of a vessel
mainsail
the lowermost sail on the mainmast
main-topsail
a topsail set on the mainmast
press of canvas, press of sail
the greatest amount of sail that a ship can carry safely
royal
a sail set next above the topgallant on a royal mast
save-all
a sail set to catch wind spilled from a larger sail
skysail
the sail above the royal on a square-rigger
square sail
a four-sided sail set beneath a horizontal yard suspended at the middle from a mast
topgallant, topgallant sail
a sail set on a yard of a topgallant mast
topsail
a sail (or either of a pair of sails) immediately above the lowermost sail of a mast and supported by a topmast
fore-topsail
the topsail on a foremast
gaff-headed sail, gaffsail
a quadrilateral fore-and-aft sail suspended from a gaff
fore-and-aft topsail, gaff topsail
a triangular fore-and-aft sail with its foot along the gaff and its luff on the topmast
jib
any triangular fore-and-aft sail (set forward of the foremast)
lateen, lateen sail
a triangular fore-and-aft sail used especially in the Mediterranean
lug, lugsail
a sail with four corners that is hoisted from a yard that is oblique to the mast
main course
a square mainsail
mizen, mizzen
fore-and-aft sail set on the mizzenmast
spanker
a fore-and-aft sail set on the aftermost lower mast (usually the mizzenmast) of a vessel
spinnaker
a large and usually triangular headsail; carried by a yacht as a headsail when running before the wind
spritsail
a fore-and-aft sail extended by a sprit
staysail
a fore-and-aft sail set on a stay (as between two masts)
Type of:
piece of cloth, piece of material
a separate part consisting of fabric

n an oil painting on canvas fabric

Synonyms:
canvass
Type of:
oil painting
a picture painted with oil paints

n the setting for a narrative or fictional or dramatic account

“the crowded canvas of history”
“the movie demanded a dramatic canvas of sound”
Synonyms:
canvass
Type of:
background, scope, setting
the state of the environment in which a situation exists

n a tent made of canvas fabric

Synonyms:
canvas tent, canvass
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big top, circus tent, round top, top
a canvas tent to house the audience at a circus performance
field tent
a canvas tent for use in the field
Sibley tent
a light conical canvas tent erected on a tripod with ventilation at the top
wall tent
a canvas tent with four vertical walls
Type of:
collapsible shelter, tent
a portable shelter (usually of canvas stretched over supporting poles and fastened to the ground with ropes and pegs)

n the mat that forms the floor of the ring in which boxers or professional wrestlers compete

“the boxer picked himself up off the canvas
Synonyms:
canvass
Type of:
gym mat, mat
sports equipment consisting of a piece of thick padding on the floor for gymnastic sports

v cover with canvas

Type of:
cover
provide with a covering or cause to be covered
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v consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning

Synonyms:
analyse, analyze, canvass, examine, study
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anatomize
analyze down to the smallest detail
diagnose, name
determine or distinguish the nature of a problem or an illness through a diagnostic analysis
diagnose
subject to a medical analysis
appraise, survey
consider in a comprehensive way
survey
make a survey of; for statistical purposes
compare
examine and note the similarities or differences of
check, check into, check out, check over, check up on, go over, look into, suss out
examine so as to determine accuracy, quality, or condition
assay
analyze (chemical substances)
reexamine, review
look at again; examine again
audit, inspect, scrutinise, scrutinize
examine carefully for accuracy with the intent of verification
screen
examine methodically
follow, trace
follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something
investigate, look into
investigate scientifically
sieve, sift
check and sort carefully
consider, look at, view
look at carefully; study mentally
explore
examine (organs) for diagnostic purposes
explore
examine minutely
explore, research, search
inquire into
explore
travel to or penetrate into
analogise, analogize
make an analogy
collate
compare critically; of texts
bioassay
subject to a bio-assay
examine, probe
question or examine thoroughly and closely
research
attempt to find out in a systematically and scientific manner
contemplate
look at thoughtfully; observe deep in thought
groak
look or stare at longingly
canvass, poll
get the opinions (of people) by asking specific questions
follow, keep an eye on, observe, watch, watch over
follow with the eyes or the mind
experiment
to conduct a test or investigation

v get the opinions (of people) by asking specific questions

Synonyms:
canvass, poll
Types:
circularise, circularize
canvass by distributing letters
Type of:
survey
make a survey of; for statistical purposes

v solicit votes from potential voters in an electoral campaign

Synonyms:
canvass
Types:
circularize
canvass by using a questionnaire
Type of:
beg, solicit, tap
make a solicitation or entreaty for something; request urgently or persistently
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