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English noun: canvass

1. canvass (state) the setting for a narrative or fictional or dramatic account

SamplesThe crowded canvas of history.
The movie demanded a dramatic canvas of sound.


Broader (hypernym)background, scope, setting

2. canvass (cognition) an inquiry into public opinion conducted by interviewing a random sample of people

Synonymsopinion poll, poll, public opinion poll

Broader (hypernym)enquiry, inquiry, research

Narrower (hyponym)exit poll, straw poll, straw vote

3. canvass (artifact) a large piece of fabric (usually canvas fabric) by means of which wind is used to propel a sailing vessel

Synonymscanvas, sail, sheet

Broader (hypernym)piece of cloth, piece of material

Narrower (hyponym)balloon sail, crossjack, fore-and-aft sail, foresail, headsail, main-topsail, mainsail, mizzen course, press of canvas, press of sail, royal, save-all, skysail, square sail, topgallant, topgallant sail, topsail

Part holonymreef

Part meronymsailing ship, sailing vessel

4. canvass (artifact) a tent made of canvas fabric

Synonymscanvas, canvas tent

Broader (hypernym)collapsible shelter, tent

Narrower (hyponym)big top, circus tent, field tent, round top, Sibley tent, top, wall tent

5. canvass (artifact) an oil painting on canvas fabric


Broader (hypernym)oil painting

6. canvass (artifact) the mat that forms the floor of the ring in which boxers or professional wrestlers compete

SamplesThe boxer picked himself up off the canvas.


Broader (hypernym)gym mat, mat

Part meronymring

7. canvass (artifact) a heavy, closely woven fabric (used for clothing or chairs or sails or tents)


Broader (hypernym)cloth, fabric, material, textile

Narrower (hyponym)tarp, tarpaulin

Substance holonymhemp

English verb: canvass

1. canvass (social) get the opinions (of people) by asking specific questions

Synonymscanvas, poll

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)survey

Narrower (hyponym)circularise, circularize

2. canvass (social) solicit votes from potential voters in an electoral campaign


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)beg, solicit, tap

Narrower (hyponym)circularize

3. canvass (cognition) consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning

SamplesAnalyze a sonnet by Shakespeare.
Analyze the evidence in a criminal trial.
Analyze your real motives.

Synonymsanalyse, analyze, canvas, examine, study

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)anatomize, appraise, assay, audit, check, check into, check out, check over, check up on, compare, consider, diagnose, diagnose, follow, go over, inspect, investigate, look at, look into, look into, name, reexamine, review, screen, scrutinise, scrutinize, sieve, sift, survey, survey, suss out, trace, view

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