- 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.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for face mask
Behind the face-mask, her thin features were pale, ghostlike.
Wang Kulichenko pulled the collar of his uniform coat up closer around his ears and pulled the helmet and face-mask down a bit.Anything You Can Do ...
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The girl took the map in her gloved hands and peered intently through her face-mask.