verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- canvas duck,
- canyon de chelly,
- canyon wind,
- canyonlands national park
Origin of canvass
Examples from the Web for canvassing
They make their own ads, run their own canvassing efforts, and have even started recruiting their own candidates.
“Tracting,” the LDS term for canvassing for converts, seems like utter hell.
Canvassing volunteers have been helping by going door to door and texting in for those without cell phone capacity.
Thousands of union workers are canvassing door-to-door, calling voters and campaigning against the candidate online.
Yesterday, I was canvassing for Barack Obama in Wausau, Wisconsin when an elderly man brought this flyer into the office.A Letter Found Taped to Mailboxes in Suburban Wisconsin|Rachel Hulin|October 24, 2008|DAILY BEAST
That was the very question I was then canvassing in my own mind, without a thought of how it was to be solved.Arthur O'Leary|Charles James Lever
By canvassing the country carefully the radical candidate would be able to secure some thirty or forty votes.The Deputy of Arcis|Honore de Balzac
By canvassing these and lonely farmhouses which lay between, he thought a good bit of business might be done.The Little Missis|Charlotte Skinner
Ask Falconer not to mention that I sent the list, as some one might say I had been canvassing, which is an odious imputation.More Letters of Charles Darwin|Charles Darwin
After breakfast I started upon my rounds of canvassing and speech-making.Doctor Therne|H. Rider Haggard
Word Origin 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.