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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
References in classic literature ?
Then we thought we were going to have supper (we had dispensed with tea, so as to save time), but George said no; that we had better get the canvas up first, before it got quite dark, and while we could see what we were doing.
The tall masts holding aloft the white canvas, spread out like a snare for catching the invisible power of the air, emerge gradually from the water, sail after sail, yard after yard, growing big, till, under the towering structure of her machinery, you perceive the insignificant, tiny speck of her hull.
Joe followed him up, step by step, his advancing left foot making an audible tap, tap, tap, on the hard canvas.
Billy came back in the evening with a small roll of old canvas he had borrowed, which he proceeded to arrange over their bed on a framework so as to shed rain.
He was silent for several moments, glancing repeatedly out of the window and back to his canvas, painting all the time with swift and delicate precision.
The HISPANIOLA was under her main-sail and two jibs, and the beautiful white canvas shone in the sun like snow or silver.
Passing by one of the dressing tents I glanced in through a hole in the canvas to see if I could locate him.
What the worm was to the corpse, his sins would be to the painted image on the canvas.
A piece of coarse canvas screened the opening between the two rooms in place of the door.
In one of the apartments of the Province House there was long preserved an ancient picture, the frame of which was as black as ebony, and the canvas itself so dark with age, damp, and smoke, that not a touch of the painter's art could be discerned.
Then, rapidly, she turned the canvas that was on her easel over upon its face.
In every gallery in Europe there are hideous pictures of blood, carnage, oozing brains, putrefaction--pictures portraying intolerable suffering--pictures alive with every conceivable horror, wrought out in dreadful detail--and similar pictures are being put on the canvas every day and publicly exhibited--without a growl from anybody--for they are innocent, they are inoffensive, being works of art.