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PronunciationEdit

 
A man wearing a mask

Etymology 1Edit

Borrowed from Middle French masque (a covering to hide or protect the face), from Italian maschera (mask, disguise), from Medieval Latin masca, mascha, mascus (mask, nightmare, ghost), of uncertain origin (see further etymology there). Replaced Old English grīma (mask).

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NounEdit

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
  4. A person wearing a mask.
    • 1880, George Washington Cable, The Grandissimes: A Story of Creole Life
      the mask that has the arm of the Indian queen
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling
      Jones, now taking the mask by the hand, fell to entreating her in the most earnest manner, to acquaint him where he might find Sophia; and when he could obtain no direct answer, he began to upbraid her gently []
  5. (obsolete) A dramatic performance, formerly in vogue, in which the actors wore masks and represented mythical or allegorical characters.
  6. (architecture) A grotesque head or face, used to adorn keystones and other prominent parts, to spout water in fountains, and the like
  7. Synonym: mascaron
  8. (fortification) In a permanent fortification, a redoubt which protects the caponiere.
  9. (fortification) A screen for a battery
  10. (zoology) The lower lip of the larva of a dragonfly, modified so as to form a prehensile organ.
  11. (Puebloan, anthropology) A ceremonial object used in Puebloan kachina cults that resembles a Euro-American masks. (The term is objected as an appropriate translation by Puebloan peoples as it emphasizes imitation but ignores power and representational intent.)
  12. (computing, programming) A pattern of bits used in bitwise operations; bitmask.
  13. (computer graphics) A two-color (black and white) bitmap generated from an image, used to create transparency in the image.
  14. (heraldry) The head of a fox, shown face-on and cut off immediately behind the ears.
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VerbEdit

mask (third-person singular simple present masks, present participle masking, simple past and past participle masked)

  1. (transitive) To cover (the face or something else), in order to conceal the identity or protect against injury; to cover with a mask or visor.
  2. (transitive) To disguise; to cover; to hide.
  3. (transitive, military) To conceal; also, to intervene in the line of.
  4. (transitive, military) To cover or keep in check.
    to mask a body of troops or a fortess by a superior force, while some hostile evolution is being carried out
  5. (intransitive) To take part as a masker in a masquerade
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Cavendish to this entry?)
  6. (intransitive) To wear a mask; to be disguised in any way
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
  7. (transitive, computing) To set or unset (certain bits, or binary digits, within a value) by means of a bitmask.
    • 1993, Richard E. Haskell, Introduction to computer engineering (page 287)
      That is, the lower nibble (the 4 bits 1010 = A) has been masked to zero. This is because ANDing anything with a zero produces a zero, while ANDing any bit with a 1 leaves the bit unchanged []
  8. (transitive, computing) To disable (an interrupt, etc.) by unsetting the associated bit.
    • 1998, Rick Grehan, ‎Robert Moote, ‎Ingo Cyliax, Real-time programming: a guide to 32-bit embedded development
      When should you mask a specific interrupt, rather than disabling all interrupts?
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Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English maske, from Old English max, *masc (net), from Proto-Germanic *maskwǭ (mesh, netting, mask), from Proto-Indo-European *mozgʷ-, *mezgʷ- (to knit, tie). Cognate with Dutch maas (mesh), German Masche (mesh), Icelandic möskvi (mesh).

NounEdit

mask (plural masks)

  1. A mesh.
  2. (Britain dialectal, Scotland) The mesh of a net; a net; net-bag.

Etymology 3Edit

From Middle English *mask, masch, from Old English māx, māsc (mash). More at mash.

NounEdit

mask (plural masks)

  1. (Britain dialectal) Mash.

VerbEdit

mask (third-person singular simple present masks, present participle masking, simple past and past participle masked)

  1. (transitive, Britain dialectal) To mash.
  2. (transitive, Britain dialectal) (brewing) To mix malt with hot water to yield wort.
  3. (transitive, Scotland dialectal) To be infused or steeped.
  4. (Britain dialectal, Scotland) To prepare tea in a teapot; alternative to brew.

Etymology 4Edit

From Middle English masken, short for *maskeren, malskren (to bewilder; be confused, wander). More at masker.

VerbEdit

mask (third-person singular simple present masks, present participle masking, simple past and past participle masked)

  1. (transitive, Britain dialectal) To bewilder; confuse.

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SwedishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Old Swedish maþker, from Old Norse maðkr. Cognate with English mawk, Danish maddike and Finnish matikka.

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mask c

  1. worm
DeclensionEdit
Declension of mask 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative mask masken maskar maskarna
Genitive masks maskens maskars maskarnas
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Etymology 2Edit

Borrowed from French masque, from Latin masca. Details: see above, English mask.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

mask c

  1. mask; a cover designed to disguise or protect the face
DeclensionEdit
Declension of mask 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative mask masken masker maskerna
Genitive masks maskens maskers maskernas
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