CANVASS, v.t.1. To discuss; literally, to beat or shake out, to open by beating or shaking, like the L. Discutio. This is the common use of the word, as to canvass a subject, or the policy of a measure.2. To examine returns of votes; to search or scrutinize; as, to canvass the votes for senators.
CANVASS, v.i.1. To seek or go about to solicit votes or interest; to use efforts to obtain; to make interest in favor of; followed by for; as, to canvass for an office, or preferment; to canvass for a friend.
CANVASS, n. 1. Examination; close inspection to know the state of; as a canvass of votes.2. Discussion; debate3. A seeking, solicitation, or efforts to obtain.