The words canvas and canvass can be confusing. They have almost the same form and are pronounced similarly although they have completely different meanings. Canvas is a type of cloth whereas canvass means to seek votes.
The word canvas is a noun. It refers to a type of coarse cloth useful for making sails and tents or as a surface for paintings.
- I bought a canvas handbag.
- His paintings are oil on canvas.
The term canvas may also refer to the following:
- A painting as in "they sold all his late canvases."
- A basis for creative work as in "the writer takes the poor areas of the city a canvas for his sociological studies."
- A region on which graphics can be rendered on a computer.
- Sails of a ship.
- A tent.
The word canvass can be a noun and a verb.
A. As a noun, it refers to a solicitation of voters or public opinion.
B. As a verb it means:
1. To solicit voters, opinions, etc. from
2. To conduct a survey.
3. To campaign.
- to canvass a city for votes