Canvas Can"vas, n. [OE. canvas, canevas, F. canevas, LL. canabacius hempen cloth, canvas, L. cannabis hemp, fr. G. ?. See {Hemp}.] 1. A strong cloth made of hemp, flax, or cotton; -- used for tents, sails, etc. [1913 Webster]

By glimmering lanes and walls of canvas led. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

2. (a) A coarse cloth so woven as to form regular meshes for working with the needle, as in tapestry, or worsted work. (b) A piece of strong cloth of which the surface has been prepared to receive painting, commonly painting in oil. [1913 Webster]

History . . . does not bring out clearly upon the canvas the details which were familiar. --J. H. Newman. [1913 Webster]

3. Something for which canvas is used: (a) A sail, or a collection of sails. (b) A tent, or a collection of tents. (c) A painting, or a picture on canvas. [1913 Webster]

To suit his canvas to the roughness of the see. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]

Light, rich as that which glows on the canvas of Claude. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

4. A rough draft or model of a song, air, or other literary or musical composition; esp. one to show a poet the measure of the verses he is to make. --Grabb. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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