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  1. mask
    IPA[mask]
  2. noun

    • 1. a covering for all or part of the face, worn as a disguise, or to amuse or terrify other people.

    • 2. a covering made of fiber or gauze and fitting over the nose and mouth to protect against dust or air pollutants, or made of sterile gauze and worn to prevent infection of the wearer or (in surgery) of the patient.

      Synonym : matte, photomask, shadow mask, masking, masking tape
    • 3. a protective covering fitting over the whole face, worn in fencing, ice hockey, and other sports.

      Synonym : face mask, protective mask, gas mask, oxygen mask, fencing mask, iron mask, ski mask, dust mask, safety goggles, welding goggles, welding mask, surgical mask, eye mask, visor
    • 4. a respirator used to filter inhaled air or to supply gas for inhalation.

    • 5. a cosmetic preparation spread over the face and left for some time to cleanse and improve the skin:

      this exfoliating mask helps clear your pores and leaves your skin feeling soft and healthy
    • 6. a likeness of a person's face in clay or wax, especially one made by taking a mold from the face.

    • 7. a person's face regarded as having set into a particular expression:

      his face was a mask of rage
    • 8. a hollow model of a human head worn by ancient Greek and Roman actors.

    • 9. the face or head of an animal, especially of a fox, as a hunting trophy.

    • 10. a masked person.

    • 11. a manner or expression that hides one's true character or feelings; a pretense:

      she let her mask of moderate respectability slip
    • 12. a piece of something, such as a card, used to cover a part of an image that is not required when exposing a print.

    • 13. a patterned metal film used in the manufacture of microcircuits to allow selective modification of the underlying material.

    • 14. the enlarged lower lip of a dragonfly larva, which can be extended to seize prey.

    verb

    • 1. cover (the face) with a mask:

      he had been masked, bound, and abducted
    • 2. conceal (something) from view:

      the poplars masked a factory
    • 3. disguise or hide (a sensation or quality):

      brandy did not completely mask the bitter taste
    • 4. cover (an object or surface) so as to protect it from a process, especially painting:

      mask off doors and cupboards with sheets of plastic
      Synonym : matte, photomask, shadow mask, masking, masking tape
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: mask, plural noun: masks

    • v.: verb: mask, 3rd person present: masks, gerund or present participle: masking, past tense: masked, past participle: masked

    • noun

      a covering for all or part of the face, worn as a disguise, or to amuse or frighten others.

      a covering made of fibre or gauze and fitting over the nose and mouth to protect against air pollutants, or made of sterile gauze and worn to prevent infection of the wearer or (in surgery) of the patient.

    • verb

      cover (the face) with a mask:

      conceal (something) from view:

    • adjective

      wearing a mask on all or part of the face:

      (of one's true character or feelings) concealed:

    • adjective

      wearing a mask on all or part of the face:

      (of one's true character or feelings) concealed:

    • noun

      a protective mask used to cover a person's face as a defense against poisonous gas.
    • noun

      a mask placed over the nose and mouth and connected to a supply of oxygen, used when the body is not able to gain enough oxygen by breathing air, for example at high altitudes, or because of a medical condition.
    • noun

      a nylon stocking pulled over the face to disguise the features, used by criminals.
    • noun

      a perforated metal screen situated directly behind the phosphor screen in certain types of color television tubes, having a pattern of precisely located holes through which the electron beams pass so as to strike the correct dots on the phosphor screen.
    • noun

      a protective covering for the head and face, with holes for the eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • noun

      a protective mask covering the nose and mouth or nose and eyes.
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