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M`ASK, n.

1. A cover for the face; that which conceals the face, especially a cover with apertures for the eyes and mouth; a visor. A mask is designed to conceal the face from beholders, or to preserve the complexion from injury by exposure to the weather and the rays of the sun.

2. That which disguises; any pretense or subterfuge.

3. A festive entertainment of dancing or other diversions, in which the company all wear masks; a masquerade.

4. A revel; a bustle; a piece of mummery.

This thought might lead through this world's vain mask.

5. A dramatic performance written in a tragic style, without attention to rules or probability.

6. In architecture, a piece of sculpture representing some grotesque form, to fill and adorn vacant places, as in friezes, panels of doors, keys of arches, &c.

M`ASK, v.t. To cover the face for concealment or defense against injury; to conceal with a mask or visor.

1. To disguise; to cover; to hide.

Masking the business from the common eye.

M`ASK, v.i. To revel; to play the fool in masquerade.

1. To be disguised in any way.



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M`ASK, n.

1. A cover for the face; that which conceals the face, especially a cover with apertures for the eyes and mouth; a visor. A mask is designed to conceal the face from beholders, or to preserve the complexion from injury by exposure to the weather and the rays of the sun.

2. That which disguises; any pretense or subterfuge.

3. A festive entertainment of dancing or other diversions, in which the company all wear masks; a masquerade.

4. A revel; a bustle; a piece of mummery.

This thought might lead through this world's vain mask.

5. A dramatic performance written in a tragic style, without attention to rules or probability.

6. In architecture, a piece of sculpture representing some grotesque form, to fill and adorn vacant places, as in friezes, panels of doors, keys of arches, &c.

M`ASK, v.t. To cover the face for concealment or defense against injury; to conceal with a mask or visor.

1. To disguise; to cover; to hide.

Masking the business from the common eye.

M`ASK, v.i. To revel; to play the fool in masquerade.

1. To be disguised in any way.

MASK, n. [Fr. masque; It. maschera. Sp. and Port. mascara; Arm. masel; D. masker; G. maske.]

  1. A cover for the face; that which conceals the face, especially a cover with apertures for the eyes and mouth; a visor. A mask is designed to conceal the face from beholders, or to preserve the complexion from injury by exposure to the weather and the rays of the sun. Encyc.
  2. That which disguises; any pretense or subterfuge. Prior
  3. A festive entertainment of dancing or other diversions, in which the company all wear masks; a masquerade. Shak.
  4. A revel; a bustle; a piece of mummery. This thought might lead through this world's vain mask. Milton
  5. A dramatic performance written in a tragic style, without attention to rules or probability. Peacham.
  6. In architecture, a piece of sculpture representing some grotesque form, to fill and adorn vacant places, as in friezes, panels of doors, keys of arches, &c. Encyc.

MASK, v.i.

  1. To revel; to play the fool in masquerade.
  2. To be disguised in any way. Shak.

MASK, v.t.

  1. To cover the face for concealment or defense against injury; to conceal with a mask or visor. Addison.
  2. To disguise; to cover; to hide. Masking the business from the common eye. Shak.

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. 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.

  3. To take part as a masker in a masquerade.

    Cavendish.
  4. A person wearing a mask; a masker.

    The mask that has the arm of the Indian queen. G. W. Cable.

  5. That which disguises; a pretext or subterfuge.
  6. To disguise; to cover; to hide.

    Masking the business from the common eye. Shak.

  7. To wear a mask; to be disguised in any way.

    Shak.
  8. The head or face of a fox.

    Death mask, a cast of the face of a dead person.

  9. 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.

  10. To conceal; also, to intervene in the line of.

    (b)
  11. A dramatic performance, formerly in vogue, in which the actors wore masks and represented mythical or allegorical characters.
  12. A grotesque head or face, used to adorn keystones and other prominent parts, to spout water in fountains, and the like; -- called also mascaron.
  13. In a permanent fortification, a redoubt which protects the caponiere.

    (b)
  14. 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.]

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Mask

M'ASK, noun

1. A cover for the face; that which conceals the face, especially a cover with apertures for the eyes and mouth; a visor. A mask is designed to conceal the face from beholders, or to preserve the complexion from injury by exposure to the weather and the rays of the sun.

2. That which disguises; any pretense or subterfuge.

3. A festive entertainment of dancing or other diversions, in which the company all wear masks; a masquerade.

4. A revel; a bustle; a piece of mummery.

This thought might lead through this world's vain mask

5. A dramatic performance written in a tragic style, without attention to rules or probability.

6. In architecture, a piece of sculpture representing some grotesque form, to fill and adorn vacant places, as in friezes, panels of doors, keys of arches, etc.

M'ASK, verb transitive To cover the face for concealment or defense against injury; to conceal with a mask or visor.

1. To disguise; to cover; to hide.

Masking the business from the common eye.

M'ASK, verb intransitive To revel; to play the fool in masquerade.

1. To be disguised in any way.

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