face mask

noun

Definition of face mask

1 : a mask or protective covering for the face Heavy fumes forced authorities to supply residents in the immediate vicinity of the spill with face masks— Bill Hewitt and Terry Smith … jersey numbers define the player in football, where helmets and face masks make it harder to identify a player's face.— Bill Pennington
2 or face mask penalty, American football : a penalty imposed on a player for grabbing and pulling an opponent's face mask during play … the Wolverines' Grant Perry was called for a face mask during a Desmond King punt return, giving Iowa the ball at Michigan's 36-yard line.The Buffalo (New York) News a 15-yard face mask penalty

Examples of face mask in a Sentence

gas delivered to the patient via face mask

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In the show, this outfit was accompanied by a face mask and a crowbar. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "In London, Rave Culture Is Alive and Unwell at Sports Banger," 18 Feb. 2019 Plus, the sweet scent alone is enough to make this face mask worth a try. Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Good Housekeeping, "This $15 Overnight Face Mask Is Saving My Dry Skin This Winter," 15 Feb. 2019 Apple also used equally creepy face masks to test false attempts at logging into the iPhone X with Face ID. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "These hyper-realistic masks are being used to train facial recognition tech," 20 Nov. 2018 Essential tools include 1200- and 2000-grit wet-and-dry sandpaper, an electric sander, masking tape, an air compressor or a spray gun, newspapers for masking off, face masks, safety glasses, and paint thinners. Anthony Alaniz, Popular Mechanics, "How to Paint a Car," 4 Feb. 2019 When pulled over, police found a crowbar, face mask, rope, and handcuffs in his car. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Ted Bundy: Looking Back at the Killing Spree That Landed Him on Death Row," 25 Jan. 2019 The film became more than a form of catharsis but actual rejuvenation, the kind people typically receive from exercise, face masks, or a long soak in the tub. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Spending $100 to See A Star Is Born 8 Times Is My Self-Care," 11 Jan. 2019 Applying a white face mask made with what could be clay, Grande treated herself to a clearing and hydrating skincare step that is often neglected during busy times. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Ariana Grande Drops Her New “Imagine” Single While Gift Wrapping—And Face Masking—On Instagram," 14 Dec. 2018 Anything above 70, for example, is reason to avoid exercising outdoors, and a level of 150 is cause for wearing protective face masks. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "California Fires: What to Know If You're Visiting California This Week," 21 Nov. 2018

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1754, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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face mask

noun

English Language Learners Definition of face mask

: a mask or protective covering that goes over your face or part of your face

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