- a closely woven, heavy cloth of cotton, hemp, or linen, used for tents, sails, etc.
- a piece of this or similar material on which a painting is made.
- a painting on canvas.
- a tent, or tents collectively.
- sails collectively.
- any fabric of linen, cotton, or hemp of a coarse loose weave used as a foundation for embroidery stitches, interlining, etc.
- the floor of a boxing ring traditionally consisting of a canvas covering stretched over a mat.
- (initial capital letter) the brand name of an open-source learning management system, launched in 2011.
- under canvas,
- Nautical.with set sails.
- in tents; in the field: the troops under canvas.
Origin of canvas
Examples from the Web for canvases
“I wake up and I pray, and then I see visions and I explain all those to my mom,” who would give her canvases to re-create them.Blessed or Cursed? Child Prodigies Reveal All
November 17, 2014
Indeed, he renounces them, while his white artist wife Emily (Gretchen Mol) has embraced Islam in both belief and her canvases.Religion, Race, and a Broadway Hit: The Making of ‘Disgraced’
November 10, 2014
The students searched the mags, cut images, and wrote on their canvases with fat red and blue markers.How I’ll End the War: Making Collage Art With Afghan Students
May 29, 2014
Matisse first used paper as an aid in his composition process before marking his canvases in the 1930s.Matisse: Innovator Until the End
April 16, 2014
I began to hunt among the piles of canvases, saying, “Hurry up, Tess, and get ready; we must take advantage of the morning light.”Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
There were stacks of canvases on the floor and on all the chairs.Olive in Italy
She insisted that it was part of the bargain that she should supply Cornelia's canvases.The Coast of Bohemia
William Dean Howells
When he had enough money to buy paints and canvases he left me.The Moon and Sixpence
W. Somerset Maugham
But if they fail as stories they are unexceptionable as canvases.Views and Reviews
William Ernest Henley
He impressed himself on his canvases in spite of his so faulty expression.Adventures in the Arts
- a heavy durable cloth made of cotton, hemp, or jute, used for sails, tents, etc
- (as modifier)a canvas bag
- a piece of canvas or a similar material on which a painting is done, usually in oils
- a painting on this material, esp in oils
- a tent or tents collectively
- nautical any cloth of which sails are made
- nautical the sails of a vessel collectively
- any coarse loosely woven cloth on which embroidery, tapestry, etc, is done
- the canvas the floor of a boxing or wrestling ring
- rowing the tapering covered part at either end of a racing boat, sometimes referred to as a unit of lengthto win by a canvas
- under canvas
- in tents
- nauticalwith sails unfurled
Word Origin and History for canvases
"sturdy cloth made from hemp or flax," mid-14c., from Anglo-French canevaz, Old North French canevach, Old French chanevaz, literally "made of hemp, hempen," noun use of Vulgar Latin adjective *cannapaceus "made of hemp," from Latin cannabis, from Greek kannabis "hemp," a Scythian or Thracian word (see cannabis).
Latin adjectives in -aceus sometimes were made in Romanic languages into nouns of augmentative or pejorative force. Especially as a surface for oil paintings from c.1700; hence "an oil painting" (1764).