canvass canvass  /ˈkæn vəs/


  1. (n) the setting for a narrative or fictional or dramatic account
  2. (n) an inquiry into public opinion conducted by interviewing a random sample of people
  3. (n) a large piece of fabric (usually canvas fabric) by means of which wind is used to propel a sailing vessel
  4. (n) a tent made of canvas fabric
  5. (n) an oil painting on canvas fabric
  6. (n) the mat that forms the floor of the ring in which boxers or professional wrestlers compete
  7. (n) a heavy, closely woven fabric (used for clothing or chairs or sails or tents)
  8. (v) get the opinions (of people) by asking specific questions
  9. (v) solicit votes from potential voters in an electoral campaign
  10. (v) consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning



  1. Just two hours after a near riot outside the counting room, the Miami-Dade canvassing board voted to shut down the count.
  2. Reportedly lost 20 pounds while canvassing for her first seat in public office during her 1985 campaign to join the Rio Hondo Community College Board of Trustees.
  3. Plans to spend money on staff, literature for massive canvass of the Keystone State.


  1. Dog wardens will canvass several townships for regulation violators

    This week dog wardens will canvass homes in Smithfield and Middle Smithfield townships to ensure dog owners have current licenses and rabies vaccinations for their dogs.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Pocono Record

  2. Dog wardens to check for pet licenses and shots in Easton next week

    Dog wardens will canvass homes in Easton during the week of June 17 to make sure dog owners have their pets licensed and vaccinated against rabies, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: The Express-Times

  3. Dog wardens to canvass neighborhoods in Monroe County

    This week dog wardens will canvass homes in Monroe County's Smithfield and Middle Smithfield Townships to ensure dog owners have current licenses and rabies vaccinations for their dogs.
    on June 10, 2013     Source: Pocono Record


  1. "What we are kicking off this weekend is what we are claiming is the biggest grass-roots canvass, this early, in presidential campaign history," said Obama. "We have people canvassing from New York to San Diego, all across the country."
    on Jun 9, 2007 By: Barack Obama Source: Washington Post

  2. Mr Costello says the top echelons of the Liberal Party spent the APEC summit "in parallel universes - face-to-face meetings with world leaders, then meetings at night to canvass Howard's departure".
    on Sep 12, 2008 By: Peter Costello Source: Sydney Morning Herald

  3. "Having now done a very full canvass of my colleagues, it's pretty clear that they want, at least in some senses, a break with the Howard era," Mr Abbott said. "I was a member of John Howard's Praetorian Guard, you might say."
    on Nov 28, 2007 By: Tony Abbott Source: Melbourne Herald Sun

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