Mask
Mask 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 cover, or partial cover, for the face, used for disguise or protection; as, a dancer's mask; a fencer's mask; a ball player's mask. [1913 Webster]

2. That which disguises; a pretext or subterfuge. [1913 Webster]

3. A festive entertainment of dancing or other diversions, where all wear masks; a masquerade; hence, a revel; a frolic; a delusive show. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

This thought might lead me through the world's vain mask. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

4. A dramatic performance, formerly in vogue, in which the actors wore masks and represented mythical or allegorical characters. [1913 Webster]

5. (Arch.) A grotesque head or face, used to adorn keystones and other prominent parts, to spout water in fountains, and the like; -- called also {mascaron}. [1913 Webster]

6. (Fort.) (a) In a permanent fortification, a redoubt which protects the caponiere. (b) A screen for a battery. [1913 Webster]

7. (Zo["o]l.) The lower lip of the larva of a dragon fly, modified so as to form a prehensile organ. [1913 Webster]

8. A person wearing a mask; a masker.

The mask that has the arm of the Indian queen. --G. W. Cable. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

9. (Sporting) The head or face of a fox.

{Mask house}, a house for masquerades. [Obs.]

{Death mask}, a cast of the face of a dead person. [1913 Webster]


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  • 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 — /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

  • mask — ► NOUN 1) a covering for all or part of the face, worn as a disguise, for protection or hygiene, or for theatrical effect. 2) a respirator used to filter inhaled air or to supply gas for inhalation. 3) a likeness of a person s face moulded or… …   English terms dictionary

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