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can·vas

 (kăn′vəs)
n.
1. A heavy, coarse, closely woven fabric of cotton, hemp, or flax, traditionally used for tents and sails.
2.
a. A piece of such fabric on which a painting, especially an oil painting, is executed.
b. A painting executed on such fabric.
3. A fabric of coarse open weave, used as a foundation for needlework.
4. The background against which events unfold, as in a historical narrative: a grim portrait of despair against the bright canvas of the postwar economy.
5. Nautical A sail or set of sails.
6.
a. A tent or group of tents.
b. A circus tent.
7. Sports The floor of a ring in which boxing or wrestling takes place.
Idiom:
under canvas
1. Nautical With sails spread.
2. In a tent or tents.

[Middle English canevas, from Old French and from Medieval Latin canavāsium, both ultimately from Latin cannabis, hemp; see cannabis.]

canvas

(ˈkænvəs)
n
1. (Textiles)
a. a heavy durable cloth made of cotton, hemp, or jute, used for sails, tents, etc
b. (as modifier): a canvas bag.
2. (Art Terms)
a. a piece of canvas or a similar material on which a painting is done, usually in oils
b. a painting on this material, esp in oils
3. a tent or tents collectively
4. (Nautical Terms) nautical any cloth of which sails are made
5. (Nautical Terms) nautical the sails of a vessel collectively
6. (Knitting & Sewing) any coarse loosely woven cloth on which embroidery, tapestry, etc, is done
7. (Boxing) the canvas the floor of a boxing or wrestling ring
8. (Rowing) rowing the tapering covered part at either end of a racing boat, sometimes referred to as a unit of length: to win by a canvas.
9. in tents
10. (Nautical Terms) nautical with sails unfurled
[C14: from Norman French canevas, ultimately from Latin cannabis hemp]

can•vas

(ˈkæn vəs)

n.
1. a closely woven, heavy cloth of cotton, hemp, or linen, used esp. for tents, sails, etc.
2. a piece of this or similar material on which a painting is made.
3. a painting on canvas.
4. a tent, or tents collectively.
5. sails collectively.
6. any mesh-weave fabric of linen, hemp, etc., esp. one used as a ground in needlepoint.
7. the floor of a boxing ring, traditionally covered with canvas.
[1225–75; Middle English canevas < Anglo-French, Old North French « Latin cannab(is) hemp]

Canvas

 paintings collectively; sails collectively; tents collectively; also used figuratively to mean ‘a wide range, a large expanse.’
Example: canvas of fancy, 1822.

canvas

The floor of the ring.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.canvas - a heavy, closely woven fabric (used for clothing or chairs or sails or tents)canvas - a heavy, closely woven fabric (used for clothing or chairs or sails or tents)
cloth, fabric, textile, material - artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers; "the fabric in the curtains was light and semitransparent"; "woven cloth originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC"; "she measured off enough material for a dress"
tarp, tarpaulin - waterproofed canvas
hemp - a plant fiber
2.canvas - an oil painting on canvas fabric
oil painting - a picture painted with oil paints
3.canvas - the setting for a narrative or fictional or dramatic account; "the crowded canvas of history"; "the movie demanded a dramatic canvas of sound"
scope, setting, background - the state of the environment in which a situation exists; "you can't do that in a university setting"
4.canvas - a tent made of canvas fabriccanvas - a tent made of canvas fabric  
big top, circus tent, round top, top - a canvas tent to house the audience at a circus performance; "he was afraid of a fire in the circus tent"; "they had the big top up in less than an hour"
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
collapsible shelter, tent - a portable shelter (usually of canvas stretched over supporting poles and fastened to the ground with ropes and pegs); "he pitched his tent near the creek"
wall tent - a canvas tent with four vertical walls
5.canvas - a large piece of fabric (usually canvas fabric) by means of which wind is used to propel a sailing vesselcanvas - a large piece of fabric (usually canvas fabric) by means of which wind is used to propel a sailing vessel
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
reef - one of several strips across a sail that can be taken in or rolled up to lessen the area of the sail that is exposed to the wind
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
piece of cloth, piece of material - a separate part consisting of fabric
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
sailing ship, sailing vessel - a vessel that is powered by the wind; often having several masts
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
6.canvas - the mat that forms the floor of the ring in which boxers or professional wrestlers compete; "the boxer picked himself up off the canvas"
gym mat, mat - sports equipment consisting of a piece of thick padding on the floor for gymnastic sports
ring - a platform usually marked off by ropes in which contestants box or wrestle
Verb1.canvas - solicit votes from potential voters in an electoral campaign
solicit, beg, tap - make a solicitation or entreaty for something; request urgently or persistently; "Henry IV solicited the Pope for a divorce"; "My neighbor keeps soliciting money for different charities"
circularize - canvass by using a questionnaire
2.canvas - get the opinions (of people) by asking specific questions
survey - make a survey of; for statistical purposes
circularise, circularize - canvass by distributing letters
3.canvas - cover with canvas; "She canvassed the walls of her living room so as to conceal the ugly cracks"
cover - provide with a covering or cause to be covered; "cover her face with a handkerchief"; "cover the child with a blanket"; "cover the grave with flowers"
4.canvas - consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaningcanvas - consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning; "analyze a sonnet by Shakespeare"; "analyze the evidence in a criminal trial"; "analyze your real motives"
anatomize - analyze down to the smallest detail; "This writer anatomized the depth of human behavior"
diagnose, name - determine or distinguish the nature of a problem or an illness through a diagnostic analysis
diagnose - subject to a medical analysis
survey, appraise - consider in a comprehensive way; "He appraised the situation carefully before acting"
survey - make a survey of; for statistical purposes
compare - examine and note the similarities or differences of; "John compared his haircut to his friend's"; "We compared notes after we had both seen the movie"
check, check into, check out, check over, check up on, suss out, look into, go over - examine so as to determine accuracy, quality, or condition; "check the brakes"; "Check out the engine"
assay - analyze (chemical substances)
reexamine, review - look at again; examine again; "let's review your situation"
audit, scrutinise, scrutinize, inspect - examine carefully for accuracy with the intent of verification; "audit accounts and tax returns"
screen - examine methodically; "screen the suitcases"
trace, follow - follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something; "We must follow closely the economic development is Cuba" ; "trace the student's progress"
investigate, look into - investigate scientifically; "Let's investigate the syntax of Chinese"
sieve, sift - check and sort carefully; "sift the information"
look at, view, consider - look at carefully; study mentally; "view a problem"
Translations
خَيْشقِماش لِرَسْم اللوْحاتقِماشُ قُنَّبِ
plátnoplachtovina
lærred
öljykangas
platno
vászon
olíumálverk á strigastrigi; segldúkur
キャンバス
캔버스
drobėpalapinėsepaveikslas
audeklsbrezentsglezna
plachtovinaplátenný
platno
kanvas
ผ้าหนาและหยาบใช้วาดภาพ
çadır bezikaput bezituvalyağlı boya resim
vải bạt

canvas

[ˈkænvəs]
A. N
1. (= cloth) → lona f (Naut) → velas fpl, velamen m
under canvasen tienda de campaña, en carpa (LAm) (Naut) → con el velamen desplegado
2. (Art) → lienzo m
B. CPD canvas chair Nsilla f de lona
canvas shoes NPLzapatos mpl de lona; (rope-soled) → alpargatas fpl

canvas

[ˈkænvəs] n
(= fabric) → toile f
under canvas (= in a tent) → sous la tente; (sailing)sous voiles
(= picture) → toile f, tableau m

canvas

nLeinwand f; (for sails) → Segeltuch nt; (= set of sails)Segel pl; (for tent) → Zeltbahn f; (Art: = material) → Leinwand f; (= painting)Gemälde nt; under canvas (= in a tent)im Zelt; (Naut) → mit gehisstem Segel; canvas chairLiegestuhl m, → Klappstuhl m; canvas shoesSegeltuchschuhe pl

canvas

[ˈkænvəs] ntela
under canvas (in a tent) → in tenda (Naut) → a vele spiegate

canvas

(ˈkӕnvəs) plural ˈcanvases noun
1. (also adjective) (of) a coarse cloth made of hemp or flax etc, used for sails, tents etc, and for painting on. canvas sails.
2. (a piece of canvas for) a painting. He painted twenty canvases.
under canvas
in tents. living under canvas.

canvas

خَيْش plátno lærred Segeltuch καμβάς lona öljykangas toile platno tela キャンバス 캔버스 zeildoek lerret płótno lona брезент kanvas ผ้าหนาและหยาบใช้วาดภาพ kaput bezi vải bạt 帆布
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I told him to go to sleep alone, and here he is, downstairs, getting his death a-cold pattering over that canvas," said Meg, answering the call.
Damon, as he caught sight of Tom and Ned in the flickering light of the smudge fire between the two canvas shelters.
Whenever one looked at this slope against the setting sun, the circle showed like a pattern in the grass; and this morning, when the first light spray of snow lay over it, it came out with wonderful distinctness, like strokes of Chinese white on canvas.
It was during these moments of deep silence that the canvas which concealed the entrance to a spacious marquee in the French encampment was shoved aside, and a man issued from beneath the drapery into the open air.
So now she is gone, and the servants are gone, and the things are gone, and there is nothing left but that great bedstead nailed down, with the canvas mattress we found on it.
There was no water in the bared and burning bars of the river to reflect the vertical sun, but under its direct rays one or two tinned roofs and corrugated zinc cabins struck fire, a few canvas tents became dazzling to the eye, and the white wooded corral of the stage office and hotel insupportable.
He would have made a good and massive portrait; better now, perhaps, than at any previous period of his life, although his look might grow positively harsh in the process of being fixed upon the canvas.
In bespeaking his sea-outfit, he orders bell-buttons to his waistcoats; straps to his canvas trowsers.
With a wild whimsiness, he now used his coffin for a sea-chest; and emptying into it his canvas bag of clothes, set them in order there.
But when the moon, having passed the line of pinnacles, was hidden behind the stupendous white swell of Mont Blanc, the masterpiece of the evening was flung on the canvas.
The two characters which opened the comedy of The Rivals, "Fag" and "The Coachman," appeared on the scene -- looked many sizes too tall for their canvas background, which represented a "Street in Bath" -- exhibited the customary inability to manage their own arms, legs, and voices -- went out severally at the wrong exits -- and expressed their perfect approval of results, so far, by laughing heartily behind the scenes.
He, and his old canvas frock, and his loose stockings, and all his poor tatters of clothes, had, in a long seclusion from direct light and air, faded down to such a dull uniformity of parchment-yellow, that it would have been hard to say which was which.