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  5  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Mask  \Mask\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Masked};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  1.  To  cover,  as  the  face,  by  way  of  concealment  or  defense 
  against  injury;  to  conceal  with  a  mask  or  visor. 
  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.) 
  a  To  conceal;  also  to  intervene  in  the  line  of 
  b  To  cover  or  keep  in  check;  as  to  mask  a  body  of 
  troops  or  a  fortess  by  a  superior  force,  while  some 
  hostile  evolution  is  being  carried  out 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Mask  \Mask\,  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}, 
  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  --Bacon. 
  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 
  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.) 
  a  In  a  permanent  fortification,  a  redoubt  which  protects 
  the  caponiere. 
  b  A  screen  for  a  battery. 
  7.  (Zo["o]l.)  The  lower  lip  of  the  larva  of  a  dragon  fly, 
  modified  so  as  to  form  a  prehensile  organ. 
  {Mask  house},  a  house  for  masquerades.  [Obs.] 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Mask  \Mask\,  v.  i. 
  1.  To  take  part  as  a  masker  in  a  masquerade.  --Cavendish. 
  2.  To  wear  a  mask;  to  be  disguised  in  any  way  --Shak. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Mask  \Mask\,  n. 
  1.  A  person  wearing  a  mask;  a  masker. 
  The  mask  that  has  the  arm  of  the  Indian  queen.  --G. 
  W.  Cable. 
  2.  (Sporting)  The  head  or  face  of  a  fox. 
  {Death  mask},  a  cast  of  the  face  of  a  dead  person. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  a  covering  to  disguise  or  conceal  the  face 
  2:  activity  that  tries  to  conceal  something  "no  mask  could 
  conceal  his  ignorance";  "they  moved  in  under  a  mask  of 
  3:  a  party  of  guests  wearing  costumes  and  masks  [syn:  {masquerade}, 
  4:  a  protective  covering  worn  over  the  face 
  v  1:  hide  under  a  false  appearance  [syn:  {dissemble},  {cloak}] 
  2:  put  a  mask  on  or  cover  with  a  mask;  "Maks  the  children  for 
  Halloween"  [ant:  {unmask}] 
  3:  cover  with  a  sauce;  "mask  the  meat" 
  4:  shield  from  light;  as  in  photography  [syn:  {block  out}] 

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