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[n] heavy closely woven fabric (used for clothing or chairs or sails or tents)
[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"
[n] an oil painting on canvas
[n] a tent made of canvas
[n] a large piece of fabric (as canvas) by means of which wind is used to propel a sailing vessel
[n] an inquiry into public opinion conducted by interviewing a random sample of people
[n] the setting for a narrative or fictional or dramatic account; "the crowded canvas of history"; "the movie demanded a dramatic canvas of sound"
[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"
[v] get the opinions of people, for example
[v] solicit votes from potential voters in an electoral campaign

Misc. Definitions

\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. --Woodward.
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.
\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.
\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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