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Origin and Meaning of Canvas

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  • According to a user from Maryland, United States, the name Canvas means "A variety of canvas with an open weave, used as a basis for tapestry and embroidery.".
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noun Can"vas
  1. A strong cloth made of hemp, flax, or cotton; -- used for tents, sails, etc."By glimmering lanes and walls of canvas led." [Tennyson.]
    1. A coarse cloth so woven as to form regular meshes for working with the needle, as in tapestry, or worsted work.
    2. A piece of strong cloth of which the surface has been prepared to receive painting, commonly painting in oil.
      "History . . . does not bring out clearly upon the canvas the details which were familiar." [J. H. Newman.]
  2. Something for which canvas is used: A sail, or a collection of sails. A tent, or a collection of tents. A painting, or a picture on canvas."To suit his canvas to the roughness of the see." [Goldsmith.]"Light, rich as that which glows on the canvas of Claude." [Macaulay.]
  3. A rough draft or model of a song, air, or other literary or musical composition; esp. one to show a poet the measure of the verses he is to make.

Etymology: OE. canvas canevas, F. canevas, LL. canabacius hempen cloth, canvas, L. cannabis hemp, fr. G. �. See Hemp

adjective Can"vas
Made of, pertaining to, or resembling, canvas or coarse cloth; as, a canvas tent.
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  1. A heavy, closely woven fabric (used for clothing or chairs or sails or tents)
  2. The mat that forms the floor of the ring in which boxers or professional wrestlers compete ("the boxer picked himself up off the canvas")
  3. An oil painting on canvas fabric
  4. A tent made of canvas fabric
  5. A large piece of fabric (usually canvas fabric) by means of which wind is used to propel a sailing vessel
  6. The setting for a narrative or fictional or dramatic account ("the crowded canvas of history" and "the movie demanded a dramatic canvas of sound")
  7. Cover with canvas ("She canvassed the walls of her living room so as to conceal the ugly cracks")

From Anglo-Norman, from Old Northern French canevas (compare Old French chanevas, chenevas) from a root ultimately derived from Latin cannabis, possibly a Vulgar Latin *cannabāceus or *cannapāceus. Compare French canevas, resulting from a blend of the Old French and a Picard dialect word, itself from Old Northern French.

  1. A type of coarse cloth, woven from hemp, useful for making sails and tents or as a surface for paintings.
  2. A piece of canvas cloth stretched across a frame on which one may paint.
  3. A basis for creative work.
    The author takes rural midwestern life as a for a series of tightly woven character studies.
  4. (computer graphics) A region on which graphics can be rendered.
  5. (nautical) sails in general
  6. A tent.
    He spent the night under .
  7. A painting, or a picture on canvas.
  8. A rough draft or model of a song, air, or other literary or musical composition; especially one to show a poet the measure of the verses he is to make.
  9. Alternative spelling of canvass

canvas was also found in the following language(s): Spanish

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Fun Facts about the name Canvas

  • When was the first name Canvas first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Canvas is Monday, September 3rd, 1883.
  • How unique is the name Canvas? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Canvas. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Canvas: Your name in reverse order is Savnac. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Savnca. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Canvas born Mar 15, 2010

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of USA South-West approximately on 775. Your profession was map maker, astrologer, and astronomer.

Psychologically, you were timid, constrained, and quiet. You had creative talents, waited until that life to be liberated. Sometimes environment considered you strange. Your main task - to make the world more beautiful. Physical and spiritual deserts are just waiting for your touch. Keep smiling!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.