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lienzo (masculine noun (el)) — canvas. Look up lienzo in the dictionary

Un lienzo es la tela en la que se pinta un cuadro.
A canvas is the cloth that you paint a picture on.
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Old October 13, 2009, 06:17 AM
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La vida es un lienzo creed una buena pintura
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A couple of questions. (I know, I know ... this term is quite straight forward. But I have a pre-disposition to create complications out of simple things!)

First of all, I looked at the definition for this term in RAE. ( http://buscon.rae.es/draeI/SrvltConsulta?LEMA=lienzo ). I easily understand and can apply the first three definitions. But I don't quite follow the latter definitions that refer to buildings and walls. Can someone please give me some examples of this, and/or explain it to me in English?

Second, in English, the word "canvas" is both a noun and a verb. The meanings are closely related. We say "to canvas" when we mean to give thorough coverage to something. For example, "The police canvassed the area looking for the escaped convict." Is there a related Spanish verb?

Thanks for any input you can give me!
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La vida es un lienzo creed una buena pintura
Bob - I'm not sure about "creed". Did you mean "creado" or some other form of "crear"?
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Old October 13, 2009, 06:30 AM
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La vida es un lienzo, cread una buena pintura
creed would be for believe.
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A couple of questions. (I know, I know ... this term is quite straight forward. But I have a pre-disposition to create complications out of simple things!)

First of all, I looked at the definition for this term in RAE. ( http://buscon.rae.es/draeI/SrvltConsulta?LEMA=lienzo ). I easily understand and can apply the first three definitions. But I don't quite follow the latter definitions that refer to buildings and walls. Can someone please give me some examples of this, and/or explain it to me in English?

Second, in English, the word "canvas" is both a noun and a verb. The meanings are closely related. We say "to canvas" when we mean to give thorough coverage to something. For example, "The police canvassed the area looking for the escaped convict." Is there a related Spanish verb?

Thanks for any input you can give me!
I am stomped as you are on those. I had never heard of the word lienzo applied like that.
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creed would be for believe.
Ops, hube escrito cread pero lo cambié

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Bob - I'm not sure about "creed". Did you mean "creado" or some other form of "crear"?
Creed es el imperativo de creer y vosotros, pero quise escribir cread
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I am stomped as you are on those. I had never heard of the word lienzo applied like that.
It's a wall made of tarps or other tent-like material used in military encampments, and not for permanent use.
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I am stomped as you are on those. I had never heard of the word lienzo applied like that.
Chileno - it is stumped, not stomped. I don't know why I find the mistake so funny. Sorry.
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Canvas in English can mean a lot of other things, not just lienza. It can also mean lona, tienda, vela, cañamazo, tela and cuadro. Very confusing.
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