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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Canvass  \Can"vass\,  v.  i. 
  To  search  thoroughly;  to  engage  in  solicitation  by  traversing 
  a  district;  as  to  canvass  for  subscriptions  or  for  votes;  to 
  canvass  for  a  book,  a  publisher,  or  in  behalf  of  a  charity; 
  --  commonly  followed  by  for 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Canvass  \Can"vass\,  n. 
  1.  Close  inspection;  careful  review  for  verification;  as  a 
  canvass  of  votes.  --Bacon. 
 
  2.  Examination  in  the  way  of  discussion  or  debate. 
 
  3.  Search;  exploration;  solicitation;  systematic  effort  to 
  obtain  votes,  subscribers,  etc 
 
  No  previous  canvass  was  made  for  me  --Burke. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Canvass  \Can"vass\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {canvassed};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Canvassing}.]  [OF.  Canabasser  to  examine  curiously, 
  to  search  or  sift  out  properly,  to  sift  through  canvas.  See 
  {Canvas},  n.] 
  1.  To  sift;  to  strain;  to  examine  thoroughly;  to  scrutinize; 
  as  to  canvass  the  votes  cast  at  an  election;  to  canvass  a 
  district  with  reference  to  its  probable  vote. 
 
  I  have  made  careful  search  on  all  hands,  and 
  canvassed  the  matter  with  all  possible  diligence. 
  --Woodward. 
 
  2.  To  examine  by  discussion;  to  debate. 
 
  An  opinion  that  we  are  likely  soon  to  canvass.  --Sir 
  W.  Hamilton. 
 
  3.  To  go  trough,  with  personal  solicitation  or  public 
  addresses;  as  to  canvass  a  district  for  votes;  to  canvass 
  a  city  for  subscriptions. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  canvass 
  n  1:  the  setting  for  a  narrative  or  fictional  or  dramatic 
  account;  "the  crowded  canvas  of  history;"  "the  movie 
  demanded  a  dramatic  canvas  of  sound"  [syn:  {canvas}] 
  2:  an  inquiry  into  public  opinion  conducted  by  interviewing  a 
  random  sample  of  people  [syn:  {poll},  {public  opinion  poll}] 
  3:  a  large  piece  of  fabric  (as  canvas)  by  means  of  which  wind 
  is  used  to  propel  a  sailing  vessel  [syn:  {sail},  {canvas}, 
  {sheet}] 
  4:  a  tent  made  of  canvas  [syn:  {canvas  tent},  {canvas}] 
  5:  an  oil  painting  on  canvas  [syn:  {canvas}] 
  6:  the  mat  that  forms  the  floor  of  the  ring  in  which  boxers  or 
  professional  wrestlers  compete;  "the  boxer  picked  himself 
  up  off  the  canvas"  [syn:  {canvas}] 
  7:  heavy  closely  woven  fabric  (used  for  clothing  or  chairs  or 
  sails  or  tents)  [syn:  {canvas}] 
  v  1:  get  the  opinions  of  people,  for  example  [syn:  {poll},  {canvas}] 
  2:  solicit  votes  from  potential  voters  in  an  electoral  campaign 
  [syn:  {canvas}] 




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