- Nautical. with set sails.
- in tents; in the field: the troops under canvas.
Origin of canvas
Examples from the Web for canvas
The sounds she performs from the violins on canvas replicate her idea of sounds found in the cosmos.
Picasso worked from the photograph to create the blocked, jagged shapes he painted on canvas.
It tries to create a canvas on which people project and create their own fears.Sex, Blood, and Screaming: Blackout’s Dark Frights|Tim Teeman|October 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The movement was a willful, angry child, though, exploding away from “art” and from the canvas in particular.The Life and Art of Radical Provocateur—and Commune Leader—Otto Muehl|Anthony Haden-Guest|September 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“I was really interested in adding fabrics onto my canvas,” she said, which inspired her to attend sewing camp.New York Fashion Week's Teen Sensation: Isabella Rose Taylor, 13, Stages A Sartorial Revolution|Justin Jones|September 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Two sad-robed sisters looked on with the placidity of canvas saints.Where the Pavement Ends|John Russell
Rapidly and unerringly the bold strokes grated across the canvas.Thorley Weir|E. F. (Edward Frederic) Benson
I know many a bigger craft wouldn't hold up her canvas under such a gale.'Maurice Tiernay Soldier of Fortune|Charles James Lever
The canvas fell into festoons, and the pilot called, "All ready forrard?"The Wreck of the Grosvenor, Volume 1 of 3|William Clark Russell
I'll look at it presently; but, meanwhile, I must lose no time in transferring you to canvas.The Boy Artist.|F.M. S.
- 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
- in tents
- nautical with sails unfurled
Word Origin for canvas
"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).