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 organ.
Mask house, a house for masquerades. [Obs.]
(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 or
They must all be masked and vizarded.Shak.
2. To disguise; to cover; to hide.
Masking the business from the common eye.Shak.
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 way. Shak.
1. Wearing a mask or masks; characterized by masks; concealed; hidden.
2. (Bot.) Same as Personate.
3. (Zoöl.) Having the anterior part of the head differing decidedly in color from the rest of the plumage;
said of birds.
Masked ball, a ball in which the dancers wear masks. Masked battery (Mil.), a battery so placed
as not to be seen by an enemy until it opens fire. H. L. Scott. Masked crab (Zoöl.), a European
crab (Corystes cassivelaunus) with markings on the carapace somewhat resembling a human face.
Masked pig (Zoöl.), a Japanese domestic hog (Sus pliciceps). Its face is deeply furrowed.
(Mask"er) n. One who wears a mask; one who appears in disguise at a masquerade.
(Mask"er), v. t. To confuse; to stupefy. [Obs.] Holland.
(Mask"er*y) n. The dress or disguise of a masker; masquerade. [Obs.] Marston.
(Mas"ki*nonge) n. The muskellunge.
(Mask" shell`) (Zoöl.) Any spiral marine shell of the genus Persona, having a curiously twisted
(Mas"lach) n. [Ar. maslaq: cf. F. masloc.] (Med.) An excitant containing opium, much used
by the Turks. Dunglison.
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