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  • Tib. Gracchus canvassing
    Tib. Gracchus canvassing
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v canvass consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning "analyze a sonnet by Shakespeare","analyze the evidence in a criminal trial","analyze your real motives"
    • v canvass get the opinions (of people) by asking specific questions
    • v canvass solicit votes from potential voters in an electoral campaign
    • n canvass a heavy, closely woven fabric (used for clothing or chairs or sails or tents)
    • n canvass the mat that forms the floor of the ring in which boxers or professional wrestlers compete "the boxer picked himself up off the canvas"
    • n canvass an oil painting on canvas fabric
    • n canvass a tent made of canvas fabric
    • n canvass a large piece of fabric (usually canvas fabric) by means of which wind is used to propel a sailing vessel
    • n canvass an inquiry into public opinion conducted by interviewing a random sample of people
    • n canvass the setting for a narrative or fictional or dramatic account "the crowded canvas of history","the movie demanded a dramatic canvas of sound"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Canvass Close inspection; careful review for verification; as, a canvass of votes.
    • Canvass Examination in the way of discussion or debate.
    • Canvass Search; exploration; solicitation; systematic effort to obtain votes, subscribers, etc. "No previous canvass was made for me."
    • Canvass To examine by discussion; to debate. "An opinion that we are likely soon to canvass ."
    • Canvass To go through, with personal solicitation or public addresses; as, to canvass a district for votes; to canvass a city for subscriptions.
    • v. i Canvass 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.
    • Canvass 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • canvass To examine; scrutinize.
    • canvass Specifically.
    • canvass To sift or examine by way of discussion; discuss; debate.
    • canvass To sift or investigate by inquiry; examine as to opinions, desires, or intentions; apply to or address for the purpose of influencing action, or of ascertaining a probable result: as, to canvass the people of a city with reference to an approaching election, for the promotion of a public undertaking, or the like.
    • canvass To traverse for the purpose of inquiry or solicitation; apply to or address the inhabitants of with reference to prospective action: as, to canvass a district for votes, for subscriptions, etc.
    • canvass To shake; take to task. See canvas, transitive verb, 2.
    • canvass To solicit or go about soliciting votes, interest, orders, subscriptions, or the like: followed by for: as, to canvass for an office or preferment; to canvass for a friend; to canvass for a mercantile firm.
    • n canvass Examination; close inspection; scrutiny: as, a canvass of votes. Specifically
    • n canvass An examination or scrutiny of a body of men, in order to ascertain their opinions or their intentions, especially whether they will vote for or against a given measure or candidate; an estimate of the number of votes cast or to be cast for or against a candidate or bill: as, a canvass of the legislature disclosed a majority of six in favor of the measure.
    • n canvass A seeking; solicitation; specifically, systematic solicitation for the votes and support of a district or of individuals by a candidate for office or by his friends.
    • n canvass Discussion; debate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Canvass kan′vas to sift, examine: to discuss: to solicit votes, contributions, &c
    • v.i Canvass to solicit votes, &c. (with for)
    • n Canvass close examination: a seeking or solicitation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. Canabasser, to examine curiously, to search or sift out; properly, to sift through canvas. See Canvas (n.)


In literature:

Always a Whig in politics; and generally on the Whig electoral tickets, making active canvasses.
"Speeches and Letters of Abraham Lincoln, 1832-1865" by Abraham Lincoln
In this extremity, he canvassed the characters of all he knew on board.
"Hatchie, the Guardian Slave; or, The Heiress of Bellevue" by Warren T. Ashton
Before Trique commenced any one of his buildings, he canvassed the whole community for charter members of his church.
"Life in a Thousand Worlds" by William Shuler Harris
Regardless, too, of the serious and indeed reproving tone of the old man's voice, he hastily replied without averting his gaze from the canvass.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. 341, March, 1844, Vol. 55" by Various
The whole stupendous program must be publicly planned and canvassed.
"The New Freedom" by Woodrow Wilson
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 103, July 30, 1892" by Various
After canvassing Altoona I went to Cresson Springs and was no sooner registered than I received a card from the General.
"The World As I Have Found It" by Mary L. Day Arms
We have a right, undoubtedly, to canvass this, as we have to canvass every act of government.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. II. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
In February Miss Anthony suspended her canvass long enough to go to Albany to the State convention and present the petitions.
"The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony (Volume 1 of 2)" by Ida Husted Harper
In the midst of the canvass Douglas found his way to Chicago.
"Stephen A. Douglas" by Allen Johnson
At the approaching election they canvassed the State, and justified their course before the people.
"The Memories of Fifty Years" by William H. Sparks
To say that canvassing is Christian may seem quite crazy.
"Orthodoxy" by G. K. Chesterton
Are you going to canvass for him?
"The Vicissitudes of Bessie Fairfax" by Harriet Parr
It is in this last view of logic that we can canvass philosophical systems upon the ground of their method or procedure alone.
"Practical Essays" by Alexander Bain
He canvassed one side in the forenoon.
"The Golden Censer" by John McGovern
My teacher taught me how to canvass a tenement.
"From the Bottom Up" by Alexander Irvine
To canvass the electors of Loughton!
"Phineas Finn" by Anthony Trollope
If the Ambassador had only gone to the trouble to make a complete and personal canvass he would have probed the matter to the bottom.
"Sixteen Months in Four German Prisons" by Henry Charles Mahoney
It was canvassed previous to election day between them?
"An Account of the Proceedings on the Trial of Susan B. Anthony" by Anonymous
The last clause was still canvassing, when, unheard-of treachery!
"Rattlin the Reefer" by Edward Howard

In poetry:

Through many a whirling flood they sent
Fearless and prompt their bark-built boat;
Anon their single canvass bent
Glad idly in free space to float.
"Le Lac Des Morts" by George Jehoshaphat Mountain
She was a trim, stout-timbered ship,
And built for stormy seas,
A lovely thing on the wave was she,
With her canvass set so gallantly
Before a steady breeze.
"The Old Man's Story" by Mary Botham Howitt
And first on the canvass we'll Adeline place,
With her full and expressive dark eye;
Decision of purpose is stamped on that face,
And good scholarship too we descry.
"My S.S. Class" by Mary Ann H T Bigelow
Such was the Scorn that fill'd the Sage's Mind,
Renew'd at ev'ry Glance on Humankind;
How just that Scorn ere yet thy Voice declare,
Search every State, and canvass ev'ry Pray'r.
"The Vanity of Human Wishes: The Tenth Satire of Juvenal, Imitated" by Samuel Johnson
The canvass and the stone may speak
To more than Roman and to Greek
Though in a foreign land;
They show the might of cultured skill
Directed by an iron will
That guides a master's hand.
"The Five Senses" by Jared Barhite
Then over the picture thrice waving her spear,
"Come forth!" said the good Geraldine;
When, behold, from the canvass descending, appear
Fair Ellen, in person more lovely than e'er,
With grace more than ever divine!
"The Paint-Kings" by Washington Allston

In news:

Cameron County documents posted at the entry of the Dancy Building state come Monday the recount for the Cameron County Judge's seat will be canvassed.
Final County Canvasses Show Matheson Narrowly Wins 4th Congressional District .
Law enforcement canvass the area following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. About 60 miles northeast of New York City, Friday, Dec 14, 2012.
Gainesville — Canvassing of Tuesday's election day votes is set for Monday, Nov 19, county officials said Wednesday.
Pam Baldwin of the Cooke County clerk's office said this canvass may include some ballots still pending.
Following several close contests and two weeks of counting, Secretary Ken Bennett and other state officials today signed the official canvass and certified last month's election results.
Chipley- Washington County 's canvassing board will meet Thursday night to verify the election results- and there's still one race hanging in the balance.
County commissioners canvass votes.
Chipley- Washington County's canvassing board will meet Thursday night to verify the election results- and there's still one race hanging in the balance.
Novato's new economic development czar to 'canvass the community'.
That county's canvass includes around 125 provisional ballots.
The Urban Sandbox is an all ages multi-canvassed Open Mic event.
Voters in Marion County cast 187 provisional ballots in the Nov 6 general election, but 78 of those votes were disqualified Monday at the election canvass.
SLEEPY EYE — The District 84 Board of Education canvassed the votes Wednesday for the Nov 6 and certified the winners.
When police canvassed Randone's apartment, they found some mysterious clues and started to piece together what might have happened in the hours leading up to Felicia 's death.

In science:

The effects of canvassing, telephone calls, and direct mail on voter turnout: A field experiment.
Covariate Balance in Simple, Stratified and Clustered Comparative Studies
The possibility of diquark condensation is canvassed.
Deconfinement and Hadron Properties at Extremes of Temperature and Density
The argument is seldom used by contemporary Islamic scholars, but it is used in canvassing texts (see e.g. ).
Interest prohibition and financial product innovation