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

No, not a skin-care face mask, although that would be interesting. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "13 Ways to Triumph Over Fall Allergies," 13 Nov. 2018 Between the release of a Pumpkin Spice collection from Too Faced and Summer Fridays’ IG-friendly pumpkin face mask, PSL fans can finally devote their beauty routines to their favorite fall beverage. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Starbucks and SkinnyDip London Collaborated on Pumpkin Spice Latte Nail Decals," 13 Oct. 2018 The Rams' home uniform last season was a white and blue jersey with gold accents, white pants with a navy blue stripe, and a blue helmet with white horns and a white face mask. Gary Klein, latimes.com, "Rams work on changing uniforms, but because of NFL rules don't expect to see anything soon," 11 May 2018 And given his oddly long history of facial injuries, getting back on the court meant wearing a custom, glossy carbon and polycarbonate face mask that set Twitter ablaze—and fit neatly into the rise of an unlikely new fashion accessory. Liz Raiss, GQ, "Joel Embiid Is the Man in the Awesome Mask," 23 Apr. 2018 In the next room over, on goes the face mask, and over that a hood. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Inside the Cleanroom Where NASA’s New Mars Lander Waits to Launch," 9 Apr. 2018 Adding to the stress of the cold was the fact that the boys were using non-standard cave-diving gear in the form of full face masks, which would make their own breathing sound vaguely Darth Vader-esque. Chris Peterman, Ars Technica, "Risky Thailand cave rescue relied on talent, luck—and on sticking to the rules," 22 July 2018 Fear not, soon-to-be Mrs., a clear complexion, bright eyes, and a flawless glow on your final day is still completely possible with the help of six expert-approved, day-of essentials, from a waterproof mascara to an anti-aging face mask. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "6 Wedding Day Beauty Secrets for Meghan Markle and More Spring Brides," 15 May 2018 The affordable drugstore line released a new line of face masks that are just as effective as the brand’s anti-aging products. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "3 Face Masks That Will Perk Up Dull Skin," 3 Apr. 2018

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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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