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mask
  1. Substantiv
    • A cover, or partial cover, for the face, used for disguise or protection.
    • That which disguises; a pretext or subterfuge.
    • A festive entertainment of dancing or other diversions, where all wear masks; a masquerade.
    • A person wearing a mask.
    • (obsolete) A dramatic performance, formerly in vogue, in which the actors wore masks and represented mythical or allegorical characters.
    • (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.
    • (fortification) In a permanent fortification, a redoubt which protects the caponiere.
    • (fortification) A screen for a battery.
    • (zoology) The lower lip of the larva of a dragonfly, modified so as to form a prehensile organ.
    • (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.).
    • (computing, programming) A pattern of bits used in bitwise operations; bitmask.
    • (computer graphics) A two-color (black and white) bitmap generated from an image, used to create transparency in the image.
    • A mesh.
    • (Britain dialectal, Scotland) The mesh of a net; a net; net-bag.
    • (Britain dialectal) Mash.
  2. Verb
    • (transitive) To cover, as the face, by way of concealment or defense against injury; to conceal with a mask or visor.
    • (transitive) To disguise; to cover; to hide.
    • (transitive, military) To conceal; also, to intervene in the line of.
    • (transitive, military) To cover or keep in check.
    • (intransitive) To take part as a masker in a masquerade.
    • (intransitive) To wear a mask; to be disguised in any way.
    • (transitive, computing) To set or unset (certain bits, or binary digits, within a value) by means of a bitmask.
    • (transitive, computing) To disable (an interrupt, etc.) by unsetting the associated bit.
    • (transitive, Britain dialectal) To mash.
    • (transitive, Britain dialectal) (brewing) To mix malt with hot water to yield wort.
    • (Britain dialectal, Scotland) To prepare tea in a teapot; alternative to brew.
    • (transitive, Britain dialectal) To bewilder; confuse.
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