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definition of the word mask

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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



mask (plural masks)

  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. (fortification) In a permanent fortification, a redoubt which protects the caponiere.
  7. (fortification) 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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