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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The boys were equipped with full-face masks, which are specifically designed for beginner divers. Radhika Viswanathan, Vox, "How the 12 Thai boys were finally rescued," 10 July 2018 Each boy was fitted with a face mask connected to a compressed air tank. Shibani Mahtani, BostonGlobe.com, "Rescuers bring 4 more Thai boys out of flooded cave," 9 July 2018 The warrant says a witness told the Broward Sheriff's Office that the robbers looked like black men with dark clothes, gloves and some kind of face masks. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Orange sandals and a black mask led to XXXTentacion murder suspect's arrest," 25 June 2018 The law, carried by a 75-30 vote, forbids the wearing of full-face veils such as the niqab, balaclavas, face-covering ski masks, face masks and fake beards. Deutsche Welle, USA TODAY, "Denmark bans full-face veils in public," 31 May 2018 When being led out of the caves, the boys were wearing full face masks, according to CNN. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Four More Thai Boys Rescued From Cave, Bringing Number Up to 8," 9 July 2018 Eco-friendly Lushies, rest-assured: Lush will continue its recycling policy even with the bigger tubs: Return five empty, clean pots to a Lush store and receive a free face mask in return. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Lush Is Launching Super-Sized Versions of Its Best-Selling Products," 10 July 2018 From a cold rinse face mask to a pink cheek tint, these 11 products will leave you cool, calm, and collected throughout July—and beyond. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "11 Cooling Beauty Products That Beat the Heat," 7 July 2018 In the seventh inning Friday, San Francisco’s Brandon Belt fouled a ball directly back and into Hedges’ face mask, jarring the catcher. Dennis Lin, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres' Austin Hedges scratched for precautionary reasons," 15 July 2017

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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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