mask

[[t]mæsk, mɑsk[/t]]
n.
1) a covering for all or part of the face, worn to conceal one's identity
2) a grotesque or humorous false face:
party masks[/ex]
3) anything that disguises or conceals:
His politeness is a mask for anger[/ex]
4) a covering, as of wire or gauze, worn over all or part of the face for protection, as from dust, a pitched ball, or the spread of infection
5) a device worn over the mouth and nose, as to facilitate breathing
6) a likeness of a face
Compare death mask life mask
7) sbz a molded or carved covering for the face of an actor, representing the character portrayed, as in Greek drama
8) a protective shield, as of paper or plastic, used for covering an area of something, as of a photograph
9) clo a cosmetic preparation applied to the face to tighten, cleanse, or refresh the skin
10) an often grotesque representation of a face or head used as a decorative device
11) dch the dark shading on the muzzle of certain dogs
12) the face or head, as of a fox
13) elo a stencil applied to the surface of a semiconductor to permit selective etching or deposition
14) sbz
masque
15) to disguise; conceal:
to mask one's intentions[/ex]
16) to cover, conceal, or shield with a mask
17) to hinder, as an army, from conducting an operation
18) to put on a mask; disguise oneself
Etymology: 1525–35; < MF masque, perh. directly < It maschera mask, disguise

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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  • Mask — (m[.a]sk), n. [F. masque, LL. masca, mascha, mascus; cf. Sp. & Pg. m[ a]scara, It. maschera; all fr. Ar. maskharat buffoon, fool, pleasantry, anything ridiculous or mirthful, fr. sakhira to ridicule, to laugh at. Cf. {Masque}, {Masquerade}.] 1. A …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mask — [mask, mäsk] n. [Fr masque < It maschera, mascara, a mask, prob. < Ar maskhara, a clown, buffoonery] 1. a covering for the face or part of the face, to conceal the identity 2. anything that conceals or disguises 3. a party, carnival, etc.… …   English World dictionary

  • Mask (RO) — Mask (Royaumes oubliés) Mask est une divinité imaginaire fictive propre aux Royaumes oubliés, un monde de campagne pour le jeu de rôle Donjons Dragons. Mask est le Dieu des voleurs et des espions. Sa tâche consiste donc à aider les voleurs dans… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • mask — /mask / (say mahsk) noun 1. a covering for the face, especially one worn for disguise; a false face. 2. a piece of cloth, silk, or plastic material, covering the face of an actor, to symbolise the character represented, used in Greek and Roman… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Mask — Mask, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Masked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Masking}.] 1. To cover, as the face, by way of concealment or defense against injury; to conceal with a mask or visor. [1913 Webster] They must all be masked and vizarded. Shak. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mask — De izquierda a derecha: Andres Franco, Javier Barragan, Jose Fors, Ernesto Franco y Arturo Ybarra Datos generales Origen Guadalajara, Jalisco, México …   Wikipedia Español

  • Mask — Mask, v. i. 1. To take part as a masker in a masquerade. Cavendish. [1913 Webster] 2. To wear a mask; to be disguised in any way. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mask — bezeichnet: M.A.S.K., Zeichentrickserie Lough Mask, See im County Mayo, Irland Siehe auch: Die Maske Diese Seite ist eine Begriffsklärung zur Unterscheidung mehrerer mit d …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Mask — (Lough M.), See in den irischen Grafschaften Mayo und Galway, 16 km lang und 3–7 km breit, entsendet einen Abfluß nach S. zum Lough Corrib. An der Südostküste Ruinen von Mask Castle (aus dem 13. Jahrh.) …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • mask# — mask n portrait, photograph, *image, effigy, statue, icon mask vb *disguise, cloak, dissemble, camouflage Analogous words: conceal, *hide, secrete, screen: protect, shield, *defend, guard, safeguard Contrasted words: discover, divulge, disclose,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • mask — [n] false face, cover affectation, air*, appearance, aspect, beard*, blind, camouflage, cloak*, concealment, cover up, disguise, disguisement, dissembling, dissimulation, domino*, facade, fig leaf*, front, guise, hood, masquerade, pose, posture,… …   New thesaurus

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