face mask

or facemask

  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

Words Nearby face mask

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How to use face mask in a sentence

  • Shann drew up the hood of his jacket and snapped the transparent face mask into place.

    Storm Over Warlock | Andre Norton
  • The girl took the map in her gloved hands and peered intently through her face-mask.

    Shock Treatment | Stanley Mullen
  • It's in Nick's methods ter wear a black face-mask an' leave his victim helplessly gagged.

    Kiddie the Scout | Robert Leighton
  • Behind the face-mask, her thin features were pale, ghostlike.

    Shock Treatment | Stanley Mullen
  • Porter wore a leather face-mask, with a lozenge-shaped breathing-hole, and slanted openings covered with yellow glass for eyes.

    High Adventure | James Norman Hall