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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

Who knows what true loneliness is - not the conventional word but the naked terror? To the lonely themselves it wears a mask. The most miserable outcast hugs some memory or some illusion.
Joseph Conrad

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

It's in literature that true life can be found. It's under the mask of fiction that you can tell the truth.
Gao Xingjian

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

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