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Etymology

French masque < Italian maschera (compare Late Latin masca, mascha, mascus, Spanish and Portuguese máscara, German Maske); perhaps < Arabic مسخرة (maskhara(t)) ‘buffoon, fool, pleasantry, anything ridiculous’ < سخرة (sakhira) to ridicule, to laugh at. Compare masque, masquerade

Noun

Singular
mask

Plural
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  1. 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
  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 - Bacon
    • Milton:
      This thought might lead me through the world's vain mask.
  4. (obsolete) A dramatic performance, formerly in vogue, in which the actors wore masks and represented mythical or allegorical characters.
  5. (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.
  6. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) In a permanent fortification, a redoubt which protects the caponiere.
  7. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A screen for a battery
  8. (zoology) The lower lip of the larva of a dragon fly, modified so as to form a prehensile organ.
  9. (Puebloan anthropology) The ceremonial objects used in Puebloan kachina cults that resemble 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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Verb

Infinitive
to mask

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to mask (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To cover, as the face, by way of concealment or defense against injury; to conceal with a mask or visor.
    • Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor, IV,vi:
      They must all be masked and vizarded
  2. (transitive) To disguise; to cover; to hide.
    • Shakespeare, Macbeth, III-i:
      Masking the business from the common eye
  3. (military, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To conceal; also, to intervene in the line of.
  4. (military, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) 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
  5. (intransitive) To take part as a masker in a masquerade - Cavendish.
  6. (intransitive) To wear a mask; to be disguised in any way - Shakespeare.

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Etymology 1

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Pronunciation

Noun

Inflection for mask Singular Plural
common Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative mask masken maskar maskarna
Genitive masks maskens maskars maskarnas

mask c.

  1. worm
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Etymology 2

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Pronunciation

Noun

Inflection for mask Singular Plural
common Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative
Genitive

mask c.

  1. mask; a cover designed to disguise or protect the face
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