Canvas and CanvassThe words canvas and canvass sound identical, but their meanings are very different.
CanvasThe noun canvas (with one s at the end) refers to a heavy woven cloth of hemp, flax, or cotton. It is typically used for sails, tents and paintings. The word canvas is also used figuratively for the floor of a boxing or wrestling ring (i.e., they are often not made of canvas).
CanvassThe verb to canvass has several closely related meanings. It can mean:
To collect opinions.
- Can you canvass the local area to determine the support for the bypass?
- Mr Millar will arrange for Joan's team to canvass High Street and Bond Street on Saturday. We need as much support from the west side of town as possible.
- Penny canvassed every shop in Wigan before she found the right shoes.
- The investigation team will canvass the neighborhood to see whether there were any witnesses to the crash.
Canvass Used as a NounNowadays, canvass is used as a noun to denote the processes above. For example:
- Did your canvass of the local area succeed in determining the support for the bypass?
- I heard Joan's canvass was postponed due to the storm.
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