Mask

Definition of Mask

Pronunciation: måsk
n.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.
2.That which disguises; a pretext or subterfuge.
3.A festive entertainment of dancing or other diversions, where all wear masks; a masquerade; hence, a revel; a frolic; a delusive show.
This thought might lead me through the world's vain mask.
- Milton.
4.A dramatic performance, formerly in vogue, in which the actors wore masks and represented mythical or allegorical characters.
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.
6.(Fort.) In a permanent fortification, a redoubt which protects the caponiere.
7.(Zool.) The lower lip of the larva of a dragon fly, modified so as to form a prehensile organ.
8.A person wearing a mask; a masker.
The mask that has the arm of the Indian queen.
- G. W. Cable.
9.(Sporting) The head or face of a fox.
Mask house
a house for masquerades.
Death mask
a cast of the face of a dead person.
v. t.1.To cover, as the face, by way of concealment or defense against injury; to conceal with a mask or visor.
[imp. & p. p. Masked ; p. pr. & vb. n. Masking.]
They must all be masked and vizarded.
- Shak.
2.To disguise; to cover; to hide.
Masking the business from the common eye.
- Shak.
3.(Mil.) To conceal; also, to intervene in the line of.
v. i.1.To take part as a masker in a masquerade.
2.To wear a mask; to be disguised in any way.

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