from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Physiology The concealment or screening of one sensory process or sensation by another.
  • noun A piece of theatrical scenery used to conceal a part of the stage from the audience.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act or diversion of covering the face with a mask, or of wearing a masquerade dress; masquerading.
  • noun In photography, a device adopted in printing from an imperfect negative, consisting in pasting tissue-paper on the reverse side of the negative over the portions of the picture which print too deeply.

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  • verb Present participle of mask.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun scenery used to block the audience's view of parts of the stage that should not be seen
  • noun the act of concealing the existence of something by obstructing the view of it
  • noun the blocking of one sensation resulting from the presence of another sensation


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