canvass

A canvass is a poll, usually a political one. Around elections, political parties often canvass particular neighborhoods, looking for votes and trying to measure the pulse of the people.

You might think of canvass as the heavy cotton cloth that is pronounced the same although spelled with only one s, that is, canvas. Canvas is used to cover things, and a canvass serves the same sort of purpose. Before elections, politicians want to cover their neighborhoods and districts with canvasses, campaign workers, flyers and the like in hopes of securing votes.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: canvass

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vn
get the opinions (of people) by asking specific questions
an inquiry into public opinion conducted by interviewing a random sample of people
2
n
a heavy, closely woven fabric (used for clothing or chairs or sails or tents)
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: canvass
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v get the opinions (of people) by asking specific questions

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

v consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning

Synonyms:
analyse, analyze, canvas, 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
canvas, 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 solicit votes from potential voters in an electoral campaign

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

n an inquiry into public opinion conducted by interviewing a random sample of people

Synonyms:
opinion poll, poll, public opinion poll
Types:
exit poll
a poll of voters as they leave the voting place; usually taken by news media in order to predict the outcome of an election
straw poll, straw vote
an unofficial vote taken to determine opinion on some issue
Type of:
enquiry, inquiry, research
a search for knowledge
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n a heavy, closely woven fabric (used for clothing or chairs or sails or tents)

Synonyms:
canvas
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:
canvas, 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:
canvas
Type of:
oil painting
a picture painted with oil paints

n a tent made of canvas fabric

Synonyms:
canvas, canvas tent
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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

Synonyms:
canvas
Type of:
gym mat, mat
sports equipment consisting of a piece of thick padding on the floor for gymnastic sports

n the setting for a narrative or fictional or dramatic account

Synonyms:
canvas
Type of:
background, scope, setting
the state of the environment in which a situation exists
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