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  2  definitions  found 
 
  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]: 
 
  canvassing 
  n  :  persuasion  of  voters  in  a  political  campaign  [syn:  {electioneering}, 
  {bell  ringing}] 




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