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English noun: canvas

1. canvas (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

2. canvas (artifact) an oil painting on canvas fabric


Broader (hypernym)oil painting

3. canvas (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

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

Synonymscanvas tent, canvass

Broader (hypernym)collapsible shelter, tent

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

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

Synonymscanvass, 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

6. canvas (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

English verb: canvas

1. canvas (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

2. canvas (social) get the opinions (of people) by asking specific questions

Synonymscanvass, poll

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

Broader (hypernym)survey

Narrower (hyponym)circularise, circularize

3. canvas (contact) cover with canvas

SamplesShe canvassed the walls of her living room so as to conceal the ugly cracks.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)cover

4. canvas (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, canvass, 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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