canvass


canvass
Air examination. The solicitation of votes, orders for goods, etc., by going from house to house or from place of business to place of business; the tabulation prior to an election of probable votes for the Purpose of predicting the outcome of the election; the opening and examination of election returns and the compiling of a summarized statement of the several returns, showing the result of the election within the territorial unit composed of the smaller units from which the returns are made. 26 Am J2d Elect § 298. "To canvass the votes" cast at an election is an expression used in the election statutes which frequently has the same meaning as "to canvass the returns" of the election, and does not necessarily include the counting of the ballots cast at the election. People v Sausalito, 106 Cal 500, 40 P 11.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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  • Canvass — Can vass, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {canvassed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Canvassing}.] [OF. Canabasser to examine curiously, to search or sift out; properly, to sift through canvas. See {Canvas}, n.] 1. To sift; to strain; to examine thoroughly; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • canvass — can·vass also can·vas / kan vəs/ vb vassed also vased, vass·ing, also, vas·ing vt 1 a: to examine in detail; specif: to examine (votes) officially for authenticity b: to make the subject of discussion or debate …   Law dictionary

  • Canvass — Can vass, n. 1. Close inspection; careful review for verification; as, a canvass of votes. Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2. Examination in the way of discussion or debate. [1913 Webster] 3. Search; exploration; solicitation; systematic effort to obtain… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Canvass — Can vass, v. i. 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. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • canvass — can‧vass [ˈkænvəs] verb [transitive] MARKETING 1. to ask people about something in order to get their opinion or to get information: • People were canvassed for their opinions on the scheme. canvasser noun [countable] : • You may get a brief… …   Financial and business terms

  • canvass — c.1500, from CANVAS (Cf. canvas) and probably meaning, originally, to toss in a canvas sheet, hence to shake out, examine carefully (1520s); to solicit votes (1550s); though to sift through canvas also has been proposed as the basic metaphor. The …   Etymology dictionary

  • canvass — [v] poll; discuss issues agitate, analyze, apply, argue, campaign, check, check over, consult, debate, dispute, electioneer, examine, inspect, investigate, review, run, scan, scrutinize, sift, solicit, study, survey, ventilate; concepts… …   New thesaurus

  • canvass — ► VERB 1) visit (someone) in order to seek their vote in an election. 2) question (someone) to find out their opinion. 3) Brit. propose (an idea or plan) for discussion. ► NOUN ▪ an act of canvassing. DERIVATIVES canvasser noun …   English terms dictionary

  • canvass — [kan′vəs] vt. [< CANVAS < ? use of canvas for sifting] 1. to examine or discuss in detail; look over carefully 2. to go through (places) or among (people) asking for (votes, opinions, orders, etc.) vi. to try to get votes, orders, etc.;… …   English World dictionary

  • canvass — I UK [ˈkænvəs] / US verb Word forms canvass : present tense I/you/we/they canvass he/she/it canvasses present participle canvassing past tense canvassed past participle canvassed 1) a) [intransitive/transitive] to ask many people in an area for… …   English dictionary

  • canvass — can|vass [ˈkænvəs] v [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: canvass to throw up in the air from a canvas sheet as a game or punishment (16 17 centuries), from canvas] 1.) [I and T] to try to persuade people to support a political party, politician, plan etc… …   Dictionary of contemporary English


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