• The Fox and the Mask
    The Fox and the Mask
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n masking the act of concealing the existence of something by obstructing the view of it "the cover concealed their guns from enemy aircraft"
    • n masking scenery used to block the audience's view of parts of the stage that should not be seen
    • n masking the blocking of one sensation resulting from the presence of another sensation "he studied auditory masking by pure tones"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A Beacon Masked in Ice A Beacon Masked in Ice
Medicine Mask Medicine Mask
Roman mask Roman mask

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Amazingly, goalies in the National Hockey League played without masks until the year 1959
    • n masking The act or diversion of covering the face with a mask, or of wearing a masquerade dress; masquerading.
    • n masking 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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  • Jeanne Moreau
    Jeanne Moreau
    “Acting deals with very delicate emotions. It is not putting up a mask. Each time an actor acts he does not hide; he exposes himself.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.”
  • Arthur Schopenhauer
    “The closing years of life are like the end of a masquerade party, when the masks are dropped.”
  • Sisters Of Mercy
    Sisters Of Mercy
    “You can lease the peace of mind You bought a mask, I put it on. You never thought to ask me If I wear it when you're gone”
  • F. L. Lucan
    F. L. Lucan
    “Boldness is a mask for fear, however great.”
  • W. H. Auden
    “The countenances of children, like those of animals, are masks, not faces, for they have not yet developed a significant profile of their own.”


In literature:

And then the masked man faced toward him again, his eyes glittering through his mask.
"The Brand of Silence" by Harrington Strong
As in Lear, the excess of the passion displayed serves as a mask to the actor's disposition.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 103, May, 1866" by Various
Most happily, McDowell, advancing on Beauregard and Bull Run and fearing "masked batteries," marched much more slowly.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
In order to escape parties of maskers on the campus she wore her own mask and therefore escaped special notice.
"Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore" by Pauline Lester
He to come blindfolded and she to wear a mask!
"The Lure of the Mask" by Harold MacGrath
A saturnalia of masks.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
She was masked, but did not seem to be more than sixteen or seventeen years of age.
"Frank Merriwell Down South" by Burt L. Standish
A certain wariness had settled over his face like a mask.
"The Highgrader" by William MacLeod Raine
If it becomes colder put on your mask.
"The Land of the Long Night" by Paul du Chaillu
You can easily manufacture some masks, and, being strangers here, no one outside your own party will recognize you.
"Frank Merriwell's Pursuit" by Burt L. Standish

In poetry:

To clothe the fiery thought
In simple words succeeds,
For still the craft of genius is
To mask a king in weeds.
"Quatrains" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
A question I would like to ask,
To answer it may be a task.
But the thought cannot be masked,
Where are the boys?
"Where are the Boys" by Frank Barbour Coffin
No mask nor vizor here can hide
The heart that rotten is;
All cloaks now must be laid aside,
No sinner must have bliss.
"Of Judgement" by John Bunyan
Then when the atom-quarried mask
You drop, shall beam to sight
The dear familiar face I know,
Grown deathless, infinite!
"Immortal Eve - III" by Manmohan Ghose
That I answered you who asked.
But the curious part was this:--
That the whole thing was amiss;
That the Greek but masked
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part II" by Madison Julius Cawein
But when I speak, behold!
The charm is snapped, for low
Speaks out the mask o' his golden casque,
"At midnight be it so!"
"Death In Life" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

From African tribal masks to Samurai swords, South Orange curiosity shop buys and sells it all.
Masked Marauders … Young Fresh Fellows vs the Minus 5.
17 years later, man says he was stabbed by someone wearing a mask, gloves.
MARIETTA — On what would have been his mother's 47th birthday, a tearful Nickolas Smith recounted for jurors the day 17 years ago when he was stabbed 18 times in his east Cobb home by a man who was wearing a black mask.
Although it wears a fashionable leftist mask, this is a neo-puritan preoccupation.
Andrew Jenks and masked NYU students during the 'Casualties of Debt ' protest.
Internet company eBay has canceled the sale of a Halloween mask of Colorado movie theater shooting suspect James Holmes.
A shadowy masked figure who may or may not have been armed robbed a Sonic Restaurant employee making a deposit at an SB&T Bank at 1 am Thursday, an Albany Police report stated.
Police say two men wearing ski masks held a clerk at gunpoint, demanded he open a safe, and get on the floor.
A Phoenix man has been accused of dressing his 16-year-old nephew in a sheet and sending him into a busy street with a fake grenade launcher , then filming the masked teenager pointing the faux weapon at passing cars.
Now I'll select the original layer , and draw a mask around the area of the shot that has a clean key, making sure there's some overlap between the two masks.
(Figure 2) The red mask is turned on.
On the right side Auto Mask was enabled and the mask painted around the light area on the edge.
Pilots on a December flight felt ill and put on their oxygen masks.
Downloadable Obama, Romney Halloween masks.

In science:

Spectra were extracted using circular regions centered on the X –ray cent roid of each cluster within a radius of 2 Mpc at the cluster redshift, being careful to mask out all the strong point sources.
A Hubble Space Telescope Lensing Survey of X-ray Luminous Galaxy Clusters: IV. Mass, Structure and Thermodynamics of Cluster Cores at z=0.2
Once the final image of the quadratic surface is produced, the pixels removed from the fit are used to create a sky rejection mask.
Results from the Wide Angle Search for Planets Prototype (WASP0) I: Analysis of the Pegasus Field
The sky background is computed beyond a larger exclusion radius after subtracting the quadratic sky surface and excluding pixels defined in the sky rejection mask.
Results from the Wide Angle Search for Planets Prototype (WASP0) I: Analysis of the Pegasus Field
For example, for the MASK technique mentioned in the Introduction, all the entries of matrix A are decided by the choice of the single parameter p.
A Framework for High-Accuracy Privacy-Preserving Mining
A for these schemes is extremely illconditioned – in fact, we found the condition numbers in our experiments to be of the order of 105 and 107 for MASK and the Cut-and-Paste operator, respectively.
A Framework for High-Accuracy Privacy-Preserving Mining