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canvas

[kan-vuh s] /ˈkæn vəs/
noun
1.
a closely woven, heavy cloth of cotton, hemp, or linen, used for tents, sails, etc.
2.
a piece of this or similar material on which a painting is made.
3.
a painting on canvas.
4.
a tent, or tents collectively.
5.
6.
sails collectively.
7.
any fabric of linen, cotton, or hemp of a coarse loose weave used as a foundation for embroidery stitches, interlining, etc.
8.
the floor of a boxing ring traditionally consisting of a canvas covering stretched over a mat.
Idioms
9.
under canvas,
  1. Nautical. with set sails.
  2. in tents; in the field:
    the troops under canvas.
Origin
1225-1275
1225-75; Middle English canevas < Anglo-French, Old North French < Vulgar Latin *cannabāceus (noun use of adj.), equivalent to Latin cannab(is) hemp + -āceus -aceous
Related forms
canvaslike, adjective
Can be confused
canvas, canvass.
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British Dictionary definitions for can vases

canvas

/ˈkænvəs/
noun
1.
  1. a heavy durable cloth made of cotton, hemp, or jute, used for sails, tents, etc
  2. (as modifier) a canvas bag
2.
  1. a piece of canvas or a similar material on which a painting is done, usually in oils
  2. a painting on this material, esp in oils
3.
a tent or tents collectively
4.
(nautical) any cloth of which sails are made
5.
(nautical) the sails of a vessel collectively
6.
any coarse loosely woven cloth on which embroidery, tapestry, etc, is done
7.
the canvas, the floor of a boxing or wrestling ring
8.
(rowing) the tapering covered part at either end of a racing boat, sometimes referred to as a unit of length to win by a canvas
9.
under canvas
  1. in tents
  2. (nautical) with sails unfurled
Word Origin
C14: from Norman French canevas, ultimately from Latin cannabis hemp
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Word Origin and History for can vases
canvas
1260, from Anglo-Fr. canevaz, from O.Fr. canevas, from V.L. *cannapaceus "made of hemp," from L. cannabis, from Gk. kannabis "hemp," a Scythian or Thracian word. Canvas-back as a type of N.Amer. duck is from 1785.
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