Mask (?), n. [F. masque, LL.
masca, mascha, mascus; cf. Sp. & Pg.
mÁscara, It. maschera; all fr. Ar.
maskharat buffoon, fool, pleasantry, anything ridiculous or
mirthful, fr. sakhira to ridicule, to laugh at. Cf.
Masque, Masquerade.] 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
2. That which disguises; a pretext or
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
4. A dramatic performance, formerly in vogue,
in which the actors wore masks and represented mythical or
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
7. (Zoöl.) The lower lip of the
larva of a dragon fly, modified so as to form a prehensile
Mask house, a house for masquerades.
Mask, v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Masked (?); p. pr. & vb. n.
Masking.] 1. To cover, as the face, by
way of concealment or defense against injury; to conceal with a mask
They must all be masked and
2. To disguise; to cover; to hide.
Masking the business from the common
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 fortress by a superior force, while some hostile evolution is
being carried out.
Mask, v. i. 1. To
take part as a masker in a masquerade. Cavendish.
2. To wear a mask; to be disguised in any
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
Death mask, a cast of the face of a dead