Mask definitions

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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 masklike formation about the head, as the enlarged lower lip of a dragonfly larva.
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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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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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To conceal or cover with or as with a mask.
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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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To conceal or disguise.
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A person wearing a mask.
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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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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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A natural or artificial feature of terrain that conceals and protects military forces or installations.
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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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To cover (the face, for example) with a decorative or protective mask.
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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 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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A mesh.
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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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(UK dialectal, Scotland) The mesh of a net; a net; net-bag.
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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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(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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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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(fortification) A screen for a battery.
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(computing, programming) A pattern of bits used in bitwise operations; bitmask.
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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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(zoology) The lower lip of the larva of a dragonfly, modified so as to form a prehensile organ.
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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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(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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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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(computing) To set or unset (certain bits, or binary digits, within a value) by means of a bitmask.
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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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(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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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 disable (an interrupt, etc.) by unsetting the associated bit.
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Origin of mask

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").