- a closely woven, heavy cloth of cotton, hemp, or linen, used for tents, sails, etc.
- a piece of this or similar material on which a painting is made.
- a painting on canvas.
- a tent, or tents collectively.
- sails collectively.
- any fabric of linen, cotton, or hemp of a coarse loose weave used as a foundation for embroidery stitches, interlining, etc.
- the floor of a boxing ring traditionally consisting of a canvas covering stretched over a mat.
- (initial capital letter) the brand name of an open-source learning management system, launched in 2011.
- under canvas,
- Nautical.with set sails.
- in tents; in the field: the troops under canvas.
- a heavy durable cloth made of cotton, hemp, or jute, used for sails, tents, etc
- (as modifier)a canvas bag
- a piece of canvas or a similar material on which a painting is done, usually in oils
- a painting on this material, esp in oils
- a tent or tents collectively
- nautical any cloth of which sails are made
- nautical the sails of a vessel collectively
- any coarse loosely woven cloth on which embroidery, tapestry, etc, is done
- the canvas the floor of a boxing or wrestling ring
- rowing the tapering covered part at either end of a racing boat, sometimes referred to as a unit of lengthto win by a canvas
- under canvas
- in tents
- nauticalwith sails unfurled
“sturdy cloth made from hemp or flax,” mid-14c., from Anglo-French canevaz, Old North French canevach, Old French chanevaz, literally “made of hemp, hempen,” noun use of Vulgar Latin adjective *cannapaceus “made of hemp,” from Latin cannabis, from Greek kannabis “hemp,” a Scythian or Thracian word (see cannabis).
Latin adjectives in -aceus sometimes were made in Romanic languages into nouns of augmentative or pejorative force. Especially as a surface for oil paintings from c.1700; hence “an oil painting” (1764).