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.
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.
Canvas, the brand name for an open-source learning management system, launched in 2011.
Idioms about canvas
Nautical. with set sails.
in tents; in the field: the troops under canvas.
- can·vas·like, adjective
- canvas , canvass
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How to use canvas in a sentence
As for the artist, the great Turner canvases, his watercolors and his sketch books are never allowed to speak.
“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.
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’ | Tim Teeman | November 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
During the day they would paint portraits of Spahn, using oil paint on small canvases that they had brought.
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 | Nick Willard | May 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He went over to the canvases which he had discarded so fiercely, chose the one Inga had preferred, and placed it on the easel.The Woman Gives | Owen Johnson
He came to her side and viewed the canvases, trying to see them with her eyes, to feel a glimmer of her enthusiasm.The Woman Gives | Owen Johnson
Bunglers will not mend matters by blackening the great canvases they can't paint on, nor the impotent become males by detraction.It Is Never Too Late to Mend | Charles Reade
Out of the corner she began to pull the canvases set in rough, wooden frames, dragging them with all her strength.Villa Rubein and Other Stories | John Galsworthy
There was not much taking of canvases into the open air in the days of De Loutherbourg.Art in England | Dutton Cook
British Dictionary definitions for canvas
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 length: to win by a canvas
nautical with sails unfurled
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