|1.||[ noun ] (clothing) heavy closely woven fabric (used for clothing or chairs or sails or tents)|
|Related terms:||fabric tarpaulin hemp|
|2.||[ noun ] (fine art) an oil painting on canvas|
|3.||[ noun ] the setting for a narrative or fictional or dramatic account|
"the crowded canvas of history" "the movie demanded a dramatic canvas of sound"
|4.||[ noun ] (housing) a tent made of canvas|
|Related terms:||tent wall_tent field_tent Sibley_tent circus_tent|
|5.||[ verb ] solicit votes from potential voters in an electoral campaign|
|Related terms:||solicit circulate canvasser|
|6.||[ verb ] cover with canvas|
"She canvassed the walls of her living room so as to conceal the ugly cracks"
|7.||[ noun ] (nautical,clothing) a large piece of fabric (as canvas) by means of which wind is used to propel a sailing vessel|
|Synonyms:||sail sheet canvass|
|Related terms:||piece_of_cloth crossjack foresail fore-topsail fore-and-aft_sail mainsail main-topsail balloon_sail press_of_sail royal headsail save-all skysail square_sail topgallant topsail sailing_vessel|
|8.||[ verb ] consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning|
|Synonyms:||study analyze examine analyse canvass|
"analyze a sonnet by Shakespeare" "analyze the evidence in a criminal trial" "analyze your real motives"
|Related terms:||compare check investigate review view trace survey diagnose screen audit diagnose sift assay survey anatomize sieve survey analysis examen|
|9.||[ verb ] (statistics) get the opinions (of people) by asking specific questions|
|Related terms:||survey circularize poll pollster|
|10.||[ noun ] (sport,boxing,games) the mat that forms the floor of the ring in which boxers or professional wrestlers compete|
"the boxer picked himself up off the canvas"
|Related terms:||mat ring ring|