verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of canvass
Examples from the Web for canvass
There is no purpose in asking people to walk the neighborhood to canvass for someone who would support the status quo.
The software allows users to make phone calls, register to vote, and canvass neighborhoods with a few simple instructions.
She was making a canvass of the women's lodging-houses near the Bowery.Little Aliens|Myra Kelly
In 1876 the topic had been more prominent in the platforms, but not in the canvass.The New Nation|Frederic L. Paxson
Pictures are everywhere presented which reproduced on canvass would insure the immortality of any artist.The Beauties of the State of Washington|Harry F. Giles
The Dawn did not fly, now all her canvass was gone, as fast as she had previously done.Afloat And Ashore|James Fenimore Cooper
A liberal commission will be allowed to those who canvass for subscribers.
British Dictionary definitions for canvass
Word Origin for canvass
Word Origin and History for canvass
c.1500, from alternative spelling of canvas (n.) and probably meaning, originally, "to toss or sift in a canvas sheet," hence "to shake out, examine carefully" (1520s); "to solicit votes" (1550s). The spelling with a double -s- dates from 16c. Cf. Old French canabasser "to examine carefully," literally "to sift through canvas." Related: Canvassed; canvassing. As a noun related to this, attested from c.1600.