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face mask

or facemask

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
1905-1910
First recorded in 1905-10; face + mask
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  • It was easy to agree on the type of face mask, snorkel, and fins.

  • Tom buckled on his equipment belt and adjusted the face mask.

  • "Back—safe—" The voice from behind the face mask was a rusty croak.

    The Time Traders Andre Norton
  • Rick had ordered lenses ground from the glass and had placed them in frames made to fit into a face mask.

    The Wailing Octopus Harold Leland Goodwin
  • He swam with face mask under, breathing through his snorkel and letting the camera hang.

    The Wailing Octopus Harold Leland Goodwin
  • Rick replaced his mouthpiece, cleared a little mist from his face mask, and led the way down.

    The Wailing Octopus Harold Leland Goodwin
  • Near the forward end of the unit, a semirigid plastic tube was connected, leading up to the face mask.

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