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noun 
  1. A cover, or partial cover, for the face, used for disguise or protection
a dancer's ; a fencer's ; a ball player's
  1. That which disguises; a pretext or subterfuge.
  2. 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 .
      1. (obsolete) A dramatic performance, formerly in vogue, in which the actors wore masks and represented mythical or allegorical characters.
      2. (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.
      3. (context, fortification) In a permanent fortification, a redoubt which protects the caponiere.
      4. (context, fortification) A screen for a battery
      5. (zoology) The lower lip of the larva of a dragon fly, modified so as to form a prehensile organ.
verb 
  1. (transitive) To cover, as the face, by way of concealment or defense against injury; to conceal with a mask or visor.
    • Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor, IV,vi:
    • : They must all be masked and vizarded
      1. (transitive) To disguise; to cover; to hide.
    • Shakespeare, Macbeth, III-i:
    • : Masking the business from the common eye
      1. (military, transitive) To conceal; also, to intervene in the line of.
      2. (military, transitive) To cover or keep in check
      to a body of troops or a fortess by a superior force, while some hostile evolution is being carried out
      1. (intransitive) To take part as a masker in a masquerade - Cavendish
      2. (intransitive) To wear a mask; to be disguised in any way - Shakespeare
Etymology: masque, from Italian maschera (compare Late Latin masca, mascha, mascus, Spanish and Portuguese míscara, German Maske); perhaps from Arabic Ù (maskhara(t)) "buffoon, fool, pleasantry, anything ridiculous", from (sakhira) to ridicule, to laugh at. Compare masque, masquerade


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