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

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From a towering black hat made of straw to face masks that pulled together an entire outfit, here are 17 of Grace's most iconic moments in camp. Teen Vogue, "17 of the Campiest Outfits from Grace Jones Made for the Met Gala 2019," 6 May 2019 Amazon Prime Day 2018 is here, which means over 100,000 reduced Amazon products and countless deals on beauty and personal care products from retinol to mascara to face masks. Leah Prinzivalli, Glamour, "This $14 Face Cream Basically Won Amazon Prime Day," 17 July 2018 From fragrances to face masks, the beauty industry is finally catching on to gender-neutral products, with brands like Aesop, Pancea, and Grown Alchemist all producing gorgeous-smelling, must-have items for the non-binary traveler. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Gender-Neutral Beauty Products for Your Carry-On," 13 June 2018 Those crews wore hazmat suits and face masks, and Crouch said the Caltrans workers asked why they weren’t given the same equipment. Gary Warth, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Caltrans union files grievance over homeless camp cleanups," 3 May 2018 The serum is the newest addition to the brand’s peony line, which already includes a cleanser, toner, and overnight face mask. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Blair Waldorf Would Approve of Fresh’s New Serum," 12 Feb. 2018 So many lipsticks and face masks and contouring kits. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "The Internet Is Panicking Over This $4 Highlighter," 10 Nov. 2017 Bespoke sessions with Grant, who will be in town every month, are two hours long and can incorporate everything from microdermabrasion, antioxidant infusions and peels, to custom face masks, LED light therapy, and lymphatic massage. Rachel Marlowe, Vogue, "Australia’s Favorite Celebrity Facialist Opens a New Skin-Care Studio in Los Angeles," 22 Feb. 2019 Try: Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask, a sci-fi-like face mask lined with red and blue lights to help keep pores gunk-free from the inside out. Nicole Catanese, Cosmopolitan, "The 8 Most Annoying Skin Problems Every Girl Deals With," 24 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of face mask

1754, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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