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noun (countable and uncountable; plural (UK) canvasses, (US) canvases)
  1. A type of coarse cloth, woven from hemp, useful for making sails and tents or as a surface for paintings.
Quotations
  • 1882: The term canvas is very widely used, as well to denote the coarse fabrics employed for kitchen use, as for strainers, and wraps for meat, as for the best quality of ordinary table and shirting linen. — James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, Volume 4, p. 556.
    1. A piece of canvas cloth stretched across a frame on which one may paint.
    2. A basis for creative work.
The author takes rural midwestern life as a for a series of tightly woven character studies.
  1. (nautical) sails in general
  2. A tent.
He spent the night under .
verb (canvas, es)
  1. To cover an area or object with canvas.
Etymology: 
  • Old French canevas, from Latin cannabis hemp.



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