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kan vuhs

  • n  a heavy, closely woven fabric (used for clothing or chairs or sails or tents)
  • n  an oil painting on canvas fabric
  • n  the setting for a narrative or fictional or dramatic account
    the crowded canvas of history
    the movie demanded a dramatic canvas of sound
  • n  a tent made of canvas fabric
  • n  a large piece of fabric (usually canvas fabric) by means of which wind is used to propel a sailing vessel
  • n  the mat that forms the floor of the ring in which boxers or professional wrestlers compete
    the boxer picked himself up off the canvas
  • v  solicit votes from potential voters in an electoral campaign
  • v  get the opinions (of people) by asking specific questions
  • v  cover with canvas
    She canvassed the walls of her living room so as to conceal the ugly cracks
  • v  consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning

  • But even Hindmarch concedes that her canvas tote has its limits.
  • Hirsi Ali used the woman's body as a canvas on which to display troubling verses from the Koran.
  • Then great blazing patches of canvas fell.
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  • James Cameron in The Guardian
    We created a broad canvas for the environment of film,Cameron told the LA Times' Hero Complex blog.
  • Ben Burtt in
    I'd gotten a big punching bag, a big canvas bag that you normally would beat and box with it, and I wanted to do some impacts,Burtt said. "But I dragged it through the hallway to go to the studio on a rug, and it made a wonderful sound,...
  • Julia Gillard in The Age
    What Kevin has specifically said of course is that he did not canvas with Mr Burke the question of support for the Labor leadership, that's the central allegation here and Kevin's well and truly answered it,Ms Gillard told ABC television.

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