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Definition of Mask


  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.
  4. A dramatic performance, formerly in vogue, in which the actors wore masks and represented mythical or allegorical characters.
  5. 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. In a permanent fortification, a redoubt which protects the caponiere.
  7. A screen for a battery.
  8. The lower lip of the larva of a dragon fly, modified so as to form a prehensile organ.
  9. To cover, as the face, by way of concealment or defense against injury; to conceal with a mask or visor.
  10. To disguise; to cover; to hide.
  11. To conceal; also, to intervene in the line of.
  12. 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.
  13. To take part as a masker in a masquerade.
  14. To wear a mask; to be disguised in any way.
  15. A person wearing a mask; a masker.
  16. The head or face of a fox.

Mask Quotations

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
Oscar Wilde

Virtue has a veil, vice a mask. - Victor Hugo
Virtue has a veil, vice a mask.
Victor Hugo

We all have a social mask, right? We put it on, we go out, put our best foot forward, our best image. But behind that social mask is a personal truth, what we really, really believe about who we are and what we're capable of.
Phil McGraw

The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask.
Jim Morrison

The Liberal State is a mask behind which there is no face; it is a scaffolding behind which there is no building.
Benito Mussolini
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Mask Translations

mask in Afrikaans is masker
mask in Dutch is bemantelen, bewimpelen, maskeren
mask in Finnish is naamari
mask in French is masque
mask in German is abdecken, Maske, Maske
mask in Italian is maschera
mask in Swedish is maskera, mask
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