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Meaning of CANVASS

Pronunciation:  'kanvus

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  heavy closely woven fabric (used for clothing or chairs or sails or tents)
  2. [n]  the mat that forms the floor of the ring in which boxers or professional wrestlers compete; "the boxer picked himself up off the canvas"
  3. [n]  an oil painting on canvas
  4. [n]  a tent made of canvas
  5. [n]  a large piece of fabric (as canvas) by means of which wind is used to propel a sailing vessel
  6. [n]  an inquiry into public opinion conducted by interviewing a random sample of people
  7. [n]  the setting for a narrative or fictional or dramatic account; "the crowded canvas of history"; "the movie demanded a dramatic canvas of sound"
  8. [v]  consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning; "analyze a sonnet by Shakespeare"; "analyze the evidence in a criminal trial"; "analyze your real motives"
  9. [v]  get the opinions of people, for example
  10. [v]  solicit votes from potential voters in an electoral campaign

CANVASS is a 7 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: analyse, analyze, canvas, canvas, canvas, canvas tent, examine, opinion poll, poll, poll, public opinion poll, sail, sheet, study
 See Also: anatomize, appraise, assay, audit, background, balloon sail, beg, big top, check, check into, check out, check over, check up on, circularise, circularize, circus tent, cloth, collapsible shelter, compare, consider, crossjack, diagnose, enquiry, fabric, field tent, follow, fore-and-aft sail, foresail, go over, gym mat, headsail, hemp, inquiry, inspect, investigate, look at, look into, mainsail, main-topsail, mat, material, mizzen course, name, oil painting, piece of cloth, piece of material, press of canvas, press of sail, reexamine, research, review, ring, round top, royal, sailing ship, sailing vessel, save-all, scope, screen, scrutinise, scrutinize, setting, Sibley tent, sieve, sift, skysail, solicit, square sail, straw poll, straw vote, survey, survey, suss out, tap, tarp, tarpaulin, tent, textile, top, topgallant, topgallant sail, topsail, trace, view, wall tent



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Can"vass\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {canvassed}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Canvassing}.] [OF. Canabasser to examine curiously,
    to search or sift out; properly, to sift through canvas. See
    {Canvas}, n.]
    1. To sift; to strain; to examine thoroughly; to scrutinize;
       as, to canvass the votes cast at an election; to canvass a
       district with reference to its probable vote.
             I have made careful search on all hands, and
             canvassed the matter with all possible diligence.
    2. To examine by discussion; to debate.
             An opinion that we are likely soon to canvass. --Sir
                                                   W. Hamilton.
    3. To go trough, with personal solicitation or public
       addresses; as, to canvass a district for votes; to canvass
       a city for subscriptions.
  2. \Can"vass\, v. i.
    To search thoroughly; to engage in solicitation by traversing
    a district; as, to canvass for subscriptions or for votes; to
    canvass for a book, a publisher, or in behalf of a charity;
    -- commonly followed by for.
  3. \Can"vass\, n.
    1. Close inspection; careful review for verification; as, a
       canvass of votes. --Bacon.
    2. Examination in the way of discussion or debate.
    3. Search; exploration; solicitation; systematic effort to
       obtain votes, subscribers, etc.
             No previous canvass was made for me.  --Burke.
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