Canvas or Canvass?
Canvas or Canvass?What is the difference between "canvas" and "canvass"?
- "Canvas" is heavy cloth. For example:
- The sails are made of canvas.
- "To canvass" means "to survey opinion" or "to solicit votes." For example:
- I will canvass all the members of my club. (This could mean "I will survey them to learn their views" or "I will encourage them to vote a certain way.")
More about "Canvas" and "Canvass"The words "canvas" and "canvass" are homonyms. More specifically, they are a type of homonym called a homophone (i.e., they sound identical). Nevertheless, 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.
- Sarah canvassed every shop in Hull before she found the right shoes.
- The investigation team will canvass the area 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.