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CANVAS, n.

1. A coarse cloth made of hemp, or flax, used for tents, sails of ships, painting and other purposes.

2. A clear unbleached cloth, wove regularly in little squares, used for working tapestry with the needle.

3. Among the French, the rough draught or model on which an air or piece of music is composed, and given to a poet to finish. The canvas of a song contains certain notes of the composer, to show the poet the measure of the verses he is to make.

4. Among seamen, cloth in sails, or sails in general; as, to spread as much canvas as the ship will bear.



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CANVAS, n.

1. A coarse cloth made of hemp, or flax, used for tents, sails of ships, painting and other purposes.

2. A clear unbleached cloth, wove regularly in little squares, used for working tapestry with the needle.

3. Among the French, the rough draught or model on which an air or piece of music is composed, and given to a poet to finish. The canvas of a song contains certain notes of the composer, to show the poet the measure of the verses he is to make.

4. Among seamen, cloth in sails, or sails in general; as, to spread as much canvas as the ship will bear.

CAN'VAS, n. [Fr. canevas, canvas, and chanvre, hemp; Arm. canavas; Sp. cañamazo; Port. canamo; It. canavaccio, canvas, and canapa, hemp; D. kanefas, canvas, and hennep, hemp; G. kanefass, canvas, and hanf, hemp; Dan. canefas; L. cannabis, hemp; Gr. κανναβις; Ir. canbhas, canaib, hemp; Russ. kanephas. It is from the root of canna, cane; perhaps a diminutive.]

  1. A coarse cloth made of hemp, or flax, used for tents, sails of ships, painting, and other purposes.
  2. A clear, unbleached cloth, wove regularly in little squares, used for working tapestry with the needle.
  3. Among the French, the rough draught or model on which an air or piece of music is composed, and given to a poet to finish. The canvas of a song contains certain notes of the composer, to show the poet the measure of the verses he is to make.
  4. Among seamen, cloth in sails, or sails in general; as, to spread as much canvas as the ship will bear.

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.

  2. Made of, pertaining to, or resembling, canvas or coarse cloth; as, a canvas tent.
  3. A coarse cloth so woven as to form regular meshes for working with the needle, as in tapestry, or worsted work.

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  4. Something for which canvas is used: (a) A sail, or a collection of sails. (b) A tent, or a collection of tents. (c) 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.

  5. 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.

    Grabb.
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Canvas

CANVAS, noun

1. A coarse cloth made of hemp, or flax, used for tents, sails of ships, painting and other purposes.

2. A clear unbleached cloth, wove regularly in little squares, used for working tapestry with the needle.

3. Among the French, the rough draught or model on which an air or piece of music is composed, and given to a poet to finish. The canvas of a song contains certain notes of the composer, to show the poet the measure of the verses he is to make.

4. Among seamen, cloth in sails, or sails in general; as, to spread as much canvas as the ship will bear.

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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