What does canvass mean?

Definitions for canvass
ˈkæn vəscan·vass

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. canvas, canvassnoun

    the setting for a narrative or fictional or dramatic account

    "the crowded canvas of history"; "the movie demanded a dramatic canvas of sound"

  2. poll, opinion poll, public opinion poll, canvassnoun

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

  3. sail, canvas, canvass, sheetnoun

    a large piece of fabric (usually canvas fabric) by means of which wind is used to propel a sailing vessel

  4. canvas tent, canvas, canvassnoun

    a tent made of canvas fabric

  5. canvas, canvassnoun

    an oil painting on canvas fabric

  6. canvas, canvassnoun

    the mat that forms the floor of the ring in which boxers or professional wrestlers compete

    "the boxer picked himself up off the canvas"

  7. canvas, canvassverb

    a heavy, closely woven fabric (used for clothing or chairs or sails or tents)

  8. poll, canvass, canvasverb

    get the opinions (of people) by asking specific questions

  9. canvass, canvasverb

    solicit votes from potential voters in an electoral campaign

  10. analyze, analyse, study, examine, canvass, canvasverb

    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"


  1. canvassnoun

    a solicitation of voters or public opinion

  2. canvassverb

    To solicit voters or opinions.

  3. canvassverb

    To conduct a survey.

  4. canvassverb

    To campaign.

  5. Etymology: From canvas, originally meaning "to toss in a canvas sheet". First attested 1508

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CANVASSnoun

    A kind of cloth woven for several uses, as sails, painting cloths, tents.

    Etymology: canevas, Fr. cannabis, Lat. hemp.

    The master commanded forthwith to set on all the canvass they could, and fly homeward. Philip Sidney.

    And eke the pens that did his pinions bind,
    Were like main yards with flying canvass lin’d. Fairy Q. b. i.

    Their canvass castles up they quickly rear,
    And build a city in an hour’s space. Edward Fairfax, b. ii.

    Where-e’er thy navy spreads her canvass wings,
    Homage to thee, and peace to all she brings. Edmund Waller.

    With such kind passion hastes the prince to fight,
    And spreads his flying canvass to the Sound;
    Him whom no danger, were he there, could fright;
    Now absent, every little noise can wound. Dryden.

    Thou, Kneller, long with noble pride,
    The foremost of thy art, hast vy’d
    With nature in a generous strife,
    And touch’d the canvass into life. Addison.

  2. To Canvassverb

    Etymology: Stephen Skinner derives it from cannabasser, Fr. to beat hemp; which being a very laborious employment, it is used to signify, to search diligently into.

    I have made careful search on all hands, and canvassed the matter with all possible diligence. John Woodward.

    The curs discovered a raw hide in the bottom of a river, and laid their heads together how to come at it: they canvassed the matter one way and t’ other, and concluded, that the way to get it, was to drink their way to it. Roger L'Estrange.

  3. To Canvassverb

    To sollicite.

    This crime of canvassing, or solliciting for church preferment, is, by the canon law, called simony. John Ayliffe, Parergon.


  1. canvass

    Canvass refers to the act of soliciting or seeking out opinions, votes, or information by enquiring from a large number of people. It is usually done for purposes such as conducting surveys, political campaigning, or market research. It can also refer to examining or discussing something thoroughly.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Canvassnoun

    to sift; to strain; to examine thoroughly; to scrutinize; as, to canvass the votes cast at an election; to canvass a district with reference to its probable vote

  2. Canvassnoun

    to examine by discussion; to debate

  3. Canvassnoun

    to go trough, with personal solicitation or public addresses; as, to canvass a district for votes; to canvass a city for subscriptions

  4. Canvassverb

    to search thoroughly; to engage in solicitation by traversing a district; as, to canvass for subscriptions or for votes; to canvass for a book, a publisher, or in behalf of a charity; -- commonly followed by for

  5. Canvassnoun

    close inspection; careful review for verification; as, a canvass of votes

  6. Canvassnoun

    examination in the way of discussion or debate

  7. Canvassnoun

    search; exploration; solicitation; systematic effort to obtain votes, subscribers, etc

  8. Etymology: [OF. Canabasser to examine curiously, to search or sift out; properly, to sift through canvas. See Canvas, n.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Canvass

    kan′vas, v.t. to sift, examine: to discuss: to solicit votes, contributions, &c.—v.i. to solicit votes, &c. (with for).—n. close examination: a seeking or solicitation.—n. Can′vasser. [From Canvas.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of canvass in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of canvass in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of canvass in a Sentence

  1. James Comer:

    We've gone through a lot together in this race, and you never stopped fighting until the last vote was counted, whoever is the winning when this re-canvass is finished, I can make you one promise: We're going to elect a Republican governor in November.

  2. Krista Hartounian:

    The canvass was extremely pressed for time, there was so much pressure. It was so tight, and Detroit was still delivering information until the very end.

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  • التمسArabic
  • MeinungsumfrageGerman
  • encuesta, sondear, solicitud, solicitar, encuestarSpanish
  • soliciterFrench
  • sondare, saggiare, richiesta, rastrellare voti, analizzare, rastrellare consensi, sollecitazioneItalian
  • soliciteren, stemmen wervenDutch
  • แคนวาสThai

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    an almost pleasurable sensation of fright
    • A. tingle
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