Definition of canvass :
1. Close inspection; careful review for verification; as, a canvass of votes.
2. Examination in the way of discussion or debate.
3. Search; exploration; solicitation; systematic effort to obtain votes, subscribers, etc.
4. To examine by discussion; to debate.
5. To go trough, with personal solicitation or public addresses; as, to canvass a district for votes; to canvass a city for subscriptions.
6. 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.
7. 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.
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question (part of speech: verb)
- In order to meet the evil, a process has been invented by which the painting is transferred to canvass, where it remains, to all appearance, as good as ever. - "Recollections of Europe", J. Fenimore Cooper.
- Dawning of the Presidential Canvass. - "Quodlibet", John P. Kennedy.
- I have now the melancholy privilege of proposing from this chair that a house- to- house canvass be made throughout the town with the object of doubling this guarantee. - "The Mayor of Troy", Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch.