- to solicit votes, subscriptions, opinions, or the like from.
- to examine carefully; investigate by inquiry; discuss; debate.
- to solicit votes, opinions, or the like.
- a soliciting of votes, orders, or the like.
- a campaign for election to government office.
- close inspection; scrutiny.
Origin of canvass
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Examples from the Web for canvasses
Garance Franke-Ruta canvasses CPAC delegates as to why Romney lost.We Learn Nothing
March 16, 2013
He must cling to his studio, hold desperately to this atmosphere of paint and canvasses.An Engagement of Convenience
She was in the state in which his canvasses sometimes are, when he cannot paint on them.The Newcomes
William Makepeace Thackeray
Si showed both boys how to take their canvasses and sling them.Fighting in Cuban Waters
His canvasses were myriad and he crowded every one of them with figures.Some Diversions of a Man of Letters
Edmund William Gosse
I admit there are dead pictures, too many of them, but they are the canvasses that were still-born.Read-Aloud Plays
- to solicit votes, orders, advertising, etc, from
- to determine the feelings and opinions of (voters before an election, etc), esp by conducting a survey
- to investigate (something) thoroughly, esp by discussion or debate
- mainly US to inspect (votes) officially to determine their validity
- a solicitation of opinions, votes, sales orders, etc
- close inspection; scrutiny
Word Origin and History for canvasses
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.