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There is a deep question whether the possible meanings that emerge from an effort to explain the experience of art may not mask the real meanings of a work of art.
Jerome Bruner

Meaning of "mask" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD MASK

From Italian maschera, ultimately from Arabic maskharah clown, from sakhira mockery.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF MASK

mask  [mɑːsk] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF MASK

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Mask is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb mask in English.

WHAT DOES MASK MEAN IN ENGLISH?

mask

Mask

A mask is an object normally worn on the face, typically for protection, disguise, performance or entertainment. Masks have been used since antiquity for both ceremonial and practical purposes. They are usually worn on the face, although they may also be positioned for effect elsewhere on the wearer's body, so in parts of Australia giant totem masks cover the body, whilst Inuit women use finger masks during storytelling and dancing.

Definition of mask in the English dictionary

The first definition of mask in the dictionary is any covering for the whole or a part of the face worn for amusement, protection, disguise, etc. Other definition of mask is a fact, action, etc, that conceals something. Mask is also a likeness of a face or head, either sculpted or moulded, such as a death mask.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO MASK

PRESENT

Present
I mask
you mask
he/she/it masks
we mask
you mask
they mask
Present continuous
I am masking
you are masking
he/she/it is masking
we are masking
you are masking
they are masking
Present perfect
I have masked
you have masked
he/she/it has masked
we have masked
you have masked
they have masked
Present perfect continuous
I have been masking
you have been masking
he/she/it has been masking
we have been masking
you have been masking
they have been masking
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I masked
you masked
he/she/it masked
we masked
you masked
they masked
Past continuous
I was masking
you were masking
he/she/it was masking
we were masking
you were masking
they were masking
Past perfect
I had masked
you had masked
he/she/it had masked
we had masked
you had masked
they had masked
Past perfect continuous
I had been masking
you had been masking
he/she/it had been masking
we had been masking
you had been masking
they had been masking
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will mask
you will mask
he/she/it will mask
we will mask
you will mask
they will mask
Future continuous
I will be masking
you will be masking
he/she/it will be masking
we will be masking
you will be masking
they will be masking
Future perfect
I will have masked
you will have masked
he/she/it will have masked
we will have masked
you will have masked
they will have masked
Future perfect continuous
I will have been masking
you will have been masking
he/she/it will have been masking
we will have been masking
you will have been masking
they will have been masking
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would mask
you would mask
he/she/it would mask
we would mask
you would mask
they would mask
Conditional continuous
I would be masking
you would be masking
he/she/it would be masking
we would be masking
you would be masking
they would be masking
Conditional perfect
I would have mask
you would have mask
he/she/it would have mask
we would have mask
you would have mask
they would have mask
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been masking
you would have been masking
he/she/it would have been masking
we would have been masking
you would have been masking
they would have been masking
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you mask
we let´s mask
you mask
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to mask
Past participle
masked
Present Participle
masking
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH MASK


abask
əˈbɑːsk
antimask
ˈæntɪˌmɑːsk
antimasque
ˈæntɪˌmɑːsk
ask
ɑːsk
bask
bɑːsk
cask
kɑːsk
dismask
dɪsˈmɑːsk
flask
flɑːsk
lasque
lɑːsk
masque
mɑːsk
multitask
ˈmʌltɪˌtɑːsk
out-task
ˈaʊtˌtɑːsk
outask
ˌaʊtˈɑːsk
overtask
ˌəʊvəˈtɑːsk
Pasch
pɑːsk
photomask
ˈfəʊtəʊˌmɑːsk
subtask
ˈsʌbˌtɑːsk
task
tɑːsk
unmask
ʌnˈmɑːsk

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE MASK

mashman
Mashona
mashua
mashup
mashy
Masinissa
masjid
maskable
maskallonge
maskalonge
maskanonge
masked
masked ball
maskeg
masker
masking
masking tape
maskinonge
maskirovka
masklike

WORDS THAT END LIKE MASK

a big ask
damask
death mask
Dewar flask
Erlenmeyer flask
face mask
gas mask
hask
hip flask
iron mask
lexical decision task
life mask
oxygen mask
powder flask
Rask
shadow mask
stocking mask
take to task
vacuum flask
wine cask

Synonyms and antonyms of mask in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «MASK»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «mask» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of mask

Translation of «mask» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF MASK

Find out the translation of mask to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of mask from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «mask» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

面具
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

máscara
570 millions of speakers

English

mask
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

मुखौटा
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

قِنَاعٌ
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

маска
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

máscara
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

মাস্ক
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

masque
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Topeng
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Maske
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

マスク
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

마스크
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Topeng
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

mặt nạ
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

மாஸ்க்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

मास्क
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

maskelemek
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

maschera
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

maska
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

маска
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

mască
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

μάσκα
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

masker
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

mask
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

maske
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of mask

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «MASK»

The term «mask» is very widely used and occupies the 5.984 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «MASK» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «mask» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «mask» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about mask

EXAMPLES

10 QUOTES WITH «MASK»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word mask.
1
Victoria Abril
You can fake your age or mask it, but the passion that moves the characters has to be real.
2
David Arquette
The first horror film I remember seeing in the theatre was Halloween and from the first scene when the kid puts on the mask and it is his POV, I was hooked.
3
Rick Astley
Scientology always makes me think of that movie 'V' where that woman takes off her mask of human flesh to reveal her true, alien self.
4
Rick Baker
When I do a mask, I do try to put a lot of character and a lot of expression into the sculpt.
5
Ed Belfour
I just have a lot of respect for Terry and his family. He played without a mask, and his life was tragically ended. And it just means a lot to me to be up there with him and the other greats that have played that long.
6
Terry Bradshaw
You find out in life that people really like you funny. So what do you give 'em? Humor. And then if you show them the other side, they don't like you as much. I find, too, that I can hide behind the idiot's mask being funny, and you never see the sorrow or the pain.
7
Tina Brown
Who was Amanda Knox? Was she a fresh-faced honor student from Seattle who met anyone's definition of an all-American girl - attractive, athletic, smart, hard-working, adventuresome, in love with languages and travel? Or was her pretty face a mask, a duplicitous cover for a depraved soul?
8
Jerome Bruner
There is a deep question whether the possible meanings that emerge from an effort to explain the experience of art may not mask the real meanings of a work of art.
9
Gerard Butler
Choosing the right mask helps you... We went through many masks. It was very particular leather that as soon as you smudged it, you had to get a new one. We went through about 55 masks.
10
Anna Maria Chavez
Cyber bullies can hide behind a mask of anonymity online, and do not need direct physical access to their victims to do unimaginable harm.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «MASK»

Discover the use of mask in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to mask and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
The Haunted Mask
After purchasing a frightening Halloween mask, young Carley Beth tries it on and discovers to her horror that she is unable to remove it from her face.
R. L. Stine, 2008
2
Paper Mask Making
This do-it-yourself guide gives detailed instructions for making paper masks — how to cut, fold, score, model, paint, and decorate them.
Michael Grater, 1967
3
Confessions of a Mask
When a Japanese youth discovers he has homosexual tendencies he hides himself behind conventional behavior
Yukio Mishima, 1958
4
Mask Improvisation for Actor Training & Performance: The ...
Because mask improvisation is relatively new in American theatre training, this work is designed to acquaint readers with the theory of mask improvisation and to instruct them in the techniques of the method as well.
Sears A. Eldredge, 1996
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Behind the Mask: The Life of Queen Elizabeth I
Describes the opulent but cruel childhood of Queen Elizabeth I, and details her triumphant reign
Jane Resh Thomas, 1998
6
Mask Characterization: An Acting Process
This book adds a new dimension to actor training and learning. It is essential to aspir­ing actors seeking new ways to create honest dramatic characterizations.
Libby Appel, 1982
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The Scream of the Haunted Mask
After the worst Halloween ever, Carly Beth assumes that nothing could be scarier than a ghoulish rubber mask with a mind of its own. She's about to discover something far more frightening: an entire house full of haunted masks.
R. L. Stine, 2008
8
Behind the Burnt Cork Mask: Early Blackface Minstrelsy and ...
Behind the Burnt Cork Mask reassesses relationships between blackface comedy and other genres and traditions of Western theater; between the music of minstrel shows and its European sources; between blackface performance and socially ...
William John Mahar, 1999
9
Mask and Performance in Greek Tragedy: From Ancient Festival ...
A 2007 study of the mask in Greek tragedy, covering both ancient and modern performances.
David Wiles, 2007
10
The Monkey's Mask: An Erotic Murder Mystery
A fast-paced, darkly humorous, erotic mystery thriller written in verse stars a lesbian private investigator who becomes caught up in a web of murder, deceit, and passionate sexual activity.
Dorothy Porter, 1994

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «MASK»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term mask is used in the context of the following news items.
1
Adverts mask real broadband costs, says Citizens Advice - BBC News
Adverts mask real broadband costs, says Citizens Advice. 8 minutes ago. From the section Business. Broadband ... «BBC News, Jul 15»
2
Wearable Feeder Mask Lets You Get Face to Beak With … - OhGizmo!
Wearable Hummingbird Feeder Mask. Calling all lovers of birds! A contraption called the 'Eye to Eye' is now available so you can get up close ... «OhGizmo!, Jul 15»
3
Elusive Neutral Mask Collective presents new work at Fresh Ink …
Though they didn't have specific plans in mind, the Neutral Mask Collective has presented the occasional showcase over that time. They will ... «City Pages, Jul 15»
4
Star Trek Beyond Charity Video Shows Off Alien Mask - Film
The last video promoting the fund-raising collaboration between charitable organization Omaze and the producers and cast of Star Trek ... «/FILM, Jul 15»
5
Vet with gun, ninja mask charged with intimidating general
Federal Defender Donnie Bethel contended that although it may have been poor judgment, the firearm and the mask were part of the business ... «Montgomery Advertiser, Jul 15»
6
Seattle News and Events | Put a Mask on It: SAM's Contemporary Take
Put a Mask on It: SAM's Contemporary Take on Traditional African Art. Two dozen artists update an old African tradition with 21st-century spin. «Seattle Weekly, Jul 15»
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The Mask: 7 movies from the '90s you (probably) didn't know were …
If you can believe it, comic book adaptations were once a rare -- and ballsy -- thing in Hollywood. Before we got shared cinematic universes, ... «IGN Africa, Jul 15»
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BauBax travel jacket: Built-in eye mask, neck pillow, sunglasses …
Eye mask. Gloves. Pen. Tired of lugging around so many items while on the road? This travel jacket design could bring you much joy. «NEWS.com.au, Jul 15»
9
What China-Vietnam trade balance figures miss, misstate and mask
From recent headlines alone, it would be reasonable to conclude something odd is afoot along the China-Vietnam border. In late January ... «China Economic Review, Jul 15»
10
BC man in Guy Fawkes mask killed by RCMP identified - Toronto Star
Eyewitness video shows a man wearing a Guy Fawkes mask lying bloodied on the ground while two RCMP officers face him with weapons ... «Toronto Star, Jul 15»

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