face mask

noun
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

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

  1. gas delivered to the patient via face mask

Recent Examples of face mask from the Web

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First Known Use of face mask

1754


FACE MASK Defined for English Language Learners

face mask

noun

Definition of face mask for English Language Learners

  • : a mask or protective covering that goes over your face or part of your face


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