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 visor.

They must all be masked and vizarded.

2. To disguise; to cover; to hide.

Masking the business from the common eye.

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.

(Masked) a.

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
(Mask" shell`) (Zoöl.) Any spiral marine shell of the genus Persona, having a curiously twisted aperture.

(Mas"lach) n. [Ar. maslaq: cf. F. masloc.] (Med.) An excitant containing opium, much used by the Turks. Dunglison.

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 battery.

7. (Zoöl.) The lower lip of the larva of a dragon fly, modified so as to form a prehensile organ.

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