canvas

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canvas is part of the Basic English 850.

Pronunciation[change]

Noun[change]

Singular
canvas

Plural
canvasses or canvases

  1. (countable) A canvas is a type of hard, rough cloth used for making sails, tents, and painted on.
    John prepared the canvas for the sail.
  2. Canvas that is stretched out on a frame to be painted on.
    A good artist chooses his or her own canvas.
  3. (uncountable) Canvas is something that is a basis for a creative work.
    The life in rural France served as a canvas for Ted F. Adams' Around the Tree.

Verb[change]

Plain form
canvas

Third-person singular
canvases

Past tense
canvased

Past participle
canvased

Present participle
canvasing

  1. If you canvas something, you cover an area or object with canvas.

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