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face mask

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noun
  1. Sports. the protective equipment, usually made of steel or plastic, that guards the face, as the steel cage worn by a baseball catcher or the molded plastic covering worn by a hockey goalkeeper.
  2. any of various similar devices to shield the face, sometimes attached to or forming part of a helmet, as that worn by workers engaged in a hazardous activity.

Origin of face mask

First recorded in 1905–10; face + mask
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Examples from the Web for face mask

Historical Examples

  • Behind the face-mask, her thin features were pale, ghostlike.

    Shock Treatment

    Stanley Mullen

  • Wang Kulichenko pulled the collar of his uniform coat up closer around his ears and pulled the helmet and face-mask down a bit.

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    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • The girl took the map in her gloved hands and peered intently through her face-mask.

    Shock Treatment

    Stanley Mullen