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