What does the word canvass mean?

Usage examples for canvass

  1. Mr. Piesse had constructed a large and comfortable hut of boughs- which was much cooler than canvass. – Expedition into Central Australia by Charles Sturt
  2. Another artist, engaged in painting a full- length portrait, found, when he had got his picture nearly finished, that his canvass was at least four inches too short. – Anecdotes of Painters, Engravers, Sculptors and Architects, and Curiosities of Art, (Vol. 2 of 3) by Shearjashub Spooner
  3. The same statements which had struck so many members with panic in the former sessions, such as that of emancipation, of the ruin and massacre of the planters, and of indemnification to the amount of seventy millions, had been industriously kept up, and this by a personal canvass among them. – The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the Abolition of the African Slave-Trade, by the British Parliament (1839) by Thomas Clarkson