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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For a quick pick-me-up, apply a nourishing face mask to target a number of issues, including dry skin, acne, and dullness. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "40 Creative Things to Do When You're Bored to Pass the Time," 23 May 2019 Keep scrolling to find quick rundowns on Rodan + Fields' latest face mask collection. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Rodan + Fields Just Launched a Fun Line of Face Masks For Every Complexion Concern," 15 May 2019 Twitter trolls took to making some offensive comments about everything from Suga's face mask to his race. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "The BTS ARMY Clapped Back At Trolls Coming for Suga From BTS," 13 May 2019 Open your windows and wear a face mask to avoid inhaling spores. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "How to Remove Mold From Wood Furniture and Particle Board," 9 Apr. 2019 There's no shortage of material possessions that spark joy for me: sweatpants that qualify as daywear, croissants of every variety, and $435 LED face masks that double as Instagram props. Glamour, "This Moisturizer Instantly Gives Me Dewy Dumpling Skin," 11 Mar. 2019 The Chopra women love to make a mask called Ubtan, which is a traditional Indian face mask made with turmeric and basic food ingredients. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Priyanka Chopra and Her Mom Dish About Their DIY Beauty Secrets," 21 June 2018 The faintly sinister Venetian full-face masks—as seen in the paintings of Pietro Longhi—seem to have no visible means of support. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Dior and the Venetian Heritage Foundation Host a Grand Masked Ball at the Palazzo Labia," 21 May 2019 And the crocodile excrement face mask was extremely popular. Serah-marie Mcmahon, Teen Vogue, "This New Book Is All About the Dark (And Sometimes Bloody) History of Fashion," 12 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of face mask

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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