mask
I. noun Etymology: Middle French masque, from Old Italian maschera Date: 1534 1. a. (1) a cover or partial cover for the face used for disguise (2) a person wearing a mask ; masker b. (1) a figure of a head worn on the stage in antiquity to identify the character and project the voice (2) a grotesque false face worn at carnivals or in rituals c. an often grotesque carved head or face used as an ornament (as on a keystone) d. a sculptured face or a copy of a face made by means of a mold 2. a. something that serves to conceal or disguise ; pretense, cloak <
aware of the masks, facades and defenses people erect to protect themselves — Kenneth Keniston
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b. something that conceals from view c. a translucent or opaque screen to cover part of the sensitive surface in taking or printing a photograph d. a pattern of opaque material used to shield selected areas of a surface (as of a semiconductor) in deposition or etching (as in producing an integrated circuit) 3. a. a protective covering for the face b. gas mask c. a device covering the mouth and nose to facilitate inhalation d. a comparable device to prevent exhalation of infective material e. a cosmetic preparation for the skin of the face that produces a tightening effect as it dries 4. a. the head or face of an animal (as a fox or dog) b. an area (as the one around the eyes) of an animal's face that is distinguished by usually darker coloring II. verb Date: circa 1562 intransitive verb 1. to take part in a masquerade 2. a. to assume a mask b. to disguise one's true character or intentions transitive verb 1. to provide or conceal with a mask: as a. to conceal from view <
mask a gun battery
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b. to make indistinct or imperceptible <
masks undesirable flavors
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c. to cover up <
masked his real purpose
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2. to cover for protection 3. to modify the size or shape of (as a photograph) by means of an opaque border Synonyms: see disguisemasklike adjective

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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 — /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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