face mask


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
Recent Examples on the Web Prepare to fall in love with a new batch of face masks, shampoos, lipsticks, and so much more, all of which can be yours with a couple of clicks — or an actual trip to the good ol' drugstore. Marci Robin, Allure, "The Most Exciting Drugstore Beauty Products Coming in 2020," 21 Dec. 2019 Like when Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt yanked his quarterback’s face mask in October after a fumble. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "NHL promises to crack down on abusive coaches. It's about time.," 11 Dec. 2019 The city’s High Court on Monday struck down a ban on wearing face masks in public, issuing a blow to the local government’s ability to characterize the ongoing protests as a situation that requires the invocation of emergency powers. BostonGlobe.com, "As other protests raged across the city, Hong Kong’s High Court on Monday struck down a contentious ban on the wearing of face masks in public. The court found that the ban, enacted in October, violated the territory’s miniconstitution, known as the Basic Law.," 19 Nov. 2019 One Love Hemp Dispensary, 1908 Bardstown Road, carries a variety of lotions ($30), sprays, face masks, candies and even granola bites ($6). Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Shop local for her: Louisville's 5 best self-care gifts for the woman in your life," 18 Nov. 2019 In their judgement, the judges drilled down into the intricacies of the law against the use of face masks (pdf). Mary Hui, Quartz, "Hong Kong’s use of emergency powers to ban face masks was illegal," 18 Nov. 2019 On offense alone, the Cardinal picked up penalties for delay of game, face mask and a personal foul. Michael Wagaman, SFChronicle.com, "Stanford QB Davis Mills likely to start at Washington State," 13 Nov. 2019 Find it in: Mainly spot treatments and face masks, like Murad Clarifying Mask, $40, Peter Thomas Roth Sulfur Cooling Mask, $52, Sunday Riley Saturn Sulfur Acne Treatment Mask, $55, and First Aid Beauty Anti-Redness Serum, $36. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "8 Causes of Adult Acne—and How to Actually Treat It," 31 Oct. 2019 Hong Kong protesters wear a mask on October 18, 2019, in defiance of a government ban on face masks in public assemblies. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Some Hong Kong protesters are adopting the Joker as their own. Others are horrified," 29 Oct. 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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/face%20mask. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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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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