- The definition of a canvas is a surface you paint on that is often made from tightly stretched unbleached cloth or a closely woven fabric that is often used to make boat sail, purses and upholstery.
- An example of a canvas is a surface on which you do an oil painting.
- An example of a canvas is an oil painting that has been completed.
- An example of canvas is a material from which a purse is made.
An artist begins to paint on a canvas.
canvas definition by Webster's New World
- a closely woven, coarse cloth of hemp, cotton, or linen, often unbleached, used for tents, sails, etc.
- a sail or set of sails
- a specially prepared piece of canvas on which an oil painting is made
- such a painting
- a tent or tents, esp. circus tents
- any coarse cloth of open mesh weave on which embroidery or tapestry is done
Origin: Middle English and amp; Old French canevas ; from Italian canavaccio ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form cannapaceum, hempen cloth ; from Classical Latin cannabis, hemp
canvas definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A heavy, coarse, closely woven fabric of cotton, hemp, or flax, used for tents and sails.
- a. A piece of such fabric on which a painting, especially an oil painting, is executed.b. A painting executed on such fabric.
- A fabric of coarse open weave, used as a foundation for needlework.
- The background against which events unfold, as in a historical narrative: a grim portrait of despair against the bright canvas of the postwar economy.
- Nautical A sail or set of sails.
- a. A tent or group of tents.b. A circus tent.
- Sports The floor of a ring in which boxing or wrestling takes place.
Origin: Middle English canevas, from Old French and from Medieval Latin canavāsium, both ultimately from Latin cannabis, hemp; see cannabis.
canvas - Computer Definition
(1) A major feature of HTML5. See canvas element.
(2) In an image editing or paint program, the canvas is the window in which the picture is created or edited. It is the on-screen counterpart of the cloth canvas used by an artist. See paint program.
(3) (Canvas) A technical drawing, image editing and page layout program for Windows and the Mac from ACD Systems International, Inc., Victoria, British Columbia (www.acdsystems.com). Acquired from Deneba Software in 2003, ACD's Canvas combines numerous illustration (vector graphics) and image editing tools (bitmapped graphics) in one application. It also includes presentation graphics capabilities for producing on-screen slide shows. Specific versions have been created for GIS mapping, scientific imaging and the professional design engineering market.
canvas - Phrases/Idioms
- in tents
- with sails unfurled
- by means of sails
- With sails spread.
- In a tent or tents.