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.
- To examine carefully or discuss thoroughly; scrutinize: "The evidence had been repeatedly canvassed in American courts” ( Anthony Lewis).
- To go through (a region) or go to (persons) to solicit votes or orders.
- To conduct a survey of (public opinion); poll.
- To make a thorough examination or conduct a detailed discussion.
- To solicit voters, orders, or opinions.
- An examination or discussion.
- A solicitation of votes or orders.
- A survey of public opinion.