Mask meaning

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A covering worn on the face to conceal one's identity, as:
  • A covering, as of cloth, that has openings for the eyes, entirely or partly conceals the face, and is worn especially at a masquerade ball.
  • A grotesque or comical representation of a face, worn especially to frighten or amuse, as at Halloween.
  • A facial covering worn for ritual.
  • A figure of a head worn by actors in Greek and Roman drama to identify a character or trait and to amplify the voice.
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A face having a blank, fixed, or enigmatic expression.
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Something, often a trait, that disguises or conceals.
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The definition of a mask is something that conceals or disguises, particularly a covering for the face.

An example of a mask is a face covering that children wear on Halloween.

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Mask is defined as to cover up, conceal, disguise or hide.

An example of mask is for a person to pretend to be happy when she is really sad.

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A natural or artificial feature of terrain that conceals and protects military forces or installations.
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(computers) A pattern of characters, bits, or bytes used to control the elimination or retention of another pattern of characters, bits, or bytes.
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A cosmetic preparation that is applied to the face and allowed to dry before being removed, used especially for cleansing and tightening the skin.
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A person wearing a mask.
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To cover (the face, for example) with a decorative or protective mask.
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(chemistry) To prevent (an atom or a group of atoms) from taking part in a normal reaction.
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To put on a mask, especially for a masquerade ball.
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To conceal one's real personality, emotion, or intention.
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A covering for the face or part of the face, to conceal the identity.
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Anything that conceals or disguises.
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A person wearing a mask; masker.
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A likeness of a person's face, or face and neck.
  • A sculptured or molded likeness of the face.
  • A grotesque or comic representation of a face, worn to amuse or frighten, as at Halloween.
  • A sculptured head or face, often grotesque, used as an ornament, as on a building.
  • A figure of a head worn on the stage by an ancient Greek or Roman actor to identify a character and amplify the voice.
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A protective covering for the face or head, as a wire screen [fencer's mask] or respirator [gas mask]
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A strip of darker color across an animal's face, esp. across the eyes.
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Something serving to conceal artillery, military operations, etc. from observation.
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An opaque or translucent material used to modify the exposure of selected areas of a photograph.
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(zool.) A masklike formation about the head, as the enlarged lower lip of a dragonfly larva.
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To conceal or cover with or as with a mask.
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To conceal or disguise.
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To make (a sound, smell, taste, etc.) less noticeable.
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To protect by covering as with masking tape.
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To put on a mask, as for a masquerade.
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To hide or disguise one's true motives, character, etc.
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A covering for the nose and mouth that is used for inhaling oxygen or an anesthetic.
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A covering worn over the nose and mouth, as by a surgeon or dentist, to prevent infection.
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A facial bandage.
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Any of various conditions producing alteration or discoloration of the skin of the face.
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An expressionless appearance of the face seen in certain diseases, such as parkinsonism.
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To cover with a protective mask.
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(1) A pattern used to transfer a design onto an object. See photomask.
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See Nemasks.
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A mesh.
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(UK dialectal, Scotland) The mesh of a net; a net; net-bag.
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(UK dialectal) Mash.
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(UK dialectal) To mash.
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(UK dialectal) (brewing) To mix malt with hot water to yield wort.
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(UK dialectal, Scotland) To prepare tea in a teapot; alternative to brew.
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(UK dialectal) To bewilder; confuse.
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A cover, or partial cover, for the face, used for disguise or protection.

A dancer's mask; a fencer's mask; a ball player's mask.

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That which disguises; a pretext or subterfuge.
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A festive entertainment of dancing or other diversions, where all wear masks; a masquerade; hence, a revel; a frolic; a delusive show - Francis Bacon.
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(architecture) A grotesque head or face, used to adorn keystones and other prominent parts, to spout water in fountains, and the like; -- called also mascaron.
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(fortification) In a permanent fortification, a redoubt which protects the caponiere.
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(fortification) A screen for a battery.
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(zoology) The lower lip of the larva of a dragonfly, modified so as to form a prehensile organ.
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(Puebloan, anthropology) A ceremonial object used in Puebloan kachina cults that resembles a Euro-American masks. (The term is objected as an appropriate translation by Puebloan peoples as it emphasizes imitation but ignores power and representational intent.)
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(computing, programming) A pattern of bits used in bitwise operations; bitmask.
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(computer graphics) A two-color (black and white) bitmap generated from an image, used to create transparency in the image.
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To cover, as the face, by way of concealment or defense against injury; to conceal with a mask or visor.
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To disguise; to cover; to hide.
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(military) To conceal; also, to intervene in the line of.
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(military) To cover or keep in check.

To mask a body of troops or a fortess by a superior force, while some hostile evolution is being carried out.

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(intransitive) To take part as a masker in a masquerade.

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(intransitive) To wear a mask; to be disguised in any way.

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(computing) To set or unset (certain bits, or binary digits, within a value) by means of a bitmask.
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(computing) To disable (an interrupt, etc.) by unsetting the associated bit.
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Origin of mask

  • French masque from Italian maschera from a source akin to Latin masca evil spirit, specter mascot and probably partly also from Arabic masḫara laughingstock, masquerade (from saḫira to laugh (at), mock šḫr in Semitic roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English maske, from Old English max, *masc (“net"), from Proto-Germanic *maskwÇ­ (“mesh, netting, mask"), from Proto-Indo-European *mozgÊ·-, *mezgÊ·- (“to knit, tie"). Cognate with Dutch maas (“mesh"), German Masche (“mesh"), Icelandic möskvi (“mesh").

    From Wiktionary

  • Derived from the -r- form: Italian maschera, Spanish and Portuguese máscara, Dutch masker, English masquerade.

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  • From Middle English masken, short for *maskeren, malskren (“to bewilder; be confused, wander"). More at masker.

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  • From Middle English *mask, masch, from Old English māx, māsc (“mash"). More at mash.

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  • Derived from the form lacking -r-: German Maske and Swedish mask.

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