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a closely woven, heavy cloth of cotton, hemp, or linen, used for tents, sails, etc.
a piece of this or similar material on which a painting is made.
a painting on canvas.
a tent, or tents collectively.
sails collectively.
any fabric of linen, cotton, or hemp of a coarse loose weave used as a foundation for embroidery stitches, interlining, etc.
the floor of a boxing ring traditionally consisting of a canvas covering stretched over a mat.
under canvas,

Nautical. with set sails.
in tents; in the field:
the troops under canvas.

Contemporary Examples

Why We Should Raffle Off More Art Lizzie Crocker December 19, 2013
Television’s 20-Something Female Virgins: ‘Girls,’ ‘Grey’s,’ and ‘Underemployed’ Whitney Friedlander November 26, 2012
Introducing the Exciting and Vaguely Scary Art of Eyelash Jewelry Misty White Sidell January 14, 2013
The Life and Art of Radical Provocateur—and Commune Leader—Otto Muehl Anthony Haden-Guest September 21, 2014
Revealing The Unseen Picasso Justin Jones November 2, 2014

Historical Examples

The New Magdalen Wilkie Collins
Up the River Oliver Optic
Freckles Gene Stratton-Porter
The Voyages of the Ranger and Crusader W.H.G. Kingston
French Classics William Cleaver Wilkinson


a heavy durable cloth made of cotton, hemp, or jute, used for sails, tents, etc
(as modifier): a canvas bag

a piece of canvas or a similar material on which a painting is done, usually in oils
a painting on this material, esp in oils

a tent or tents collectively
(nautical) any cloth of which sails are made
(nautical) the sails of a vessel collectively
any coarse loosely woven cloth on which embroidery, tapestry, etc, is done
the canvas, the floor of a boxing or wrestling ring
(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
under canvas

in tents
(nautical) with sails unfurled



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