gas mask


Definition of gas mask

: a mask connected to a chemical air filter and used to protect the face and lungs from toxic gases broadly : respirator sense 1

Examples of gas mask in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web My glasses and gas mask became very scratched, which made shooting more difficult as the days passed. Time, "‘Like a Scene From a Movie.’ What I Saw Photographing the Taal Volcano Eruption in the Philippines," 16 Jan. 2020 Many, dressed in regular clothes and without gas masks, made a run for it, dodging tear gas canisters and sponge grenades, only to be forced back inside. NBC News, "Hong Kong police lay siege to university where protesters are trapped," 18 Nov. 2019 His group has already incorporated this anti-mustard technology into prototype gas masks. Sophia Chen, Wired, "This Cloth Destroys Deadly Nerve Agents in Minutes," 4 Feb. 2020 The poster showed Zhang in her normal attire, while Jedrzejczyk is wearing a gas mask, as a clear reference to the recent coronavirus outbreak that originated in Wuhan, China. cleveland, "UFC star mocks Chinese opponent with coronavirus meme," 30 Jan. 2020 There are some ways runners can better prepare themselves for the pollution -- face or gas masks with air filters are often used during marathons in other polluted cities. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "40,000 people are about to run a marathon in the world's most polluted city," 18 Oct. 2019 Some wearing gas masks picked up smoking tear gas canisters and dropped them into heavy-duty bags. Kelvin Chan, The Denver Post, "Campus under siege as Hong Kong police battle protesters," 18 Nov. 2019 Black face masks and gas masks have come to represent the protests themselves. Fortune, "Hong Kong’s Mask Ban Pits Anonymity Against the Surveillance State," 4 Oct. 2019 Participants will be banned from bringing items including umbrellas, gas masks or helmets — tools used by protesters. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Hong Kong leader hopes town hall will be start of healing," 24 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of gas mask

1915, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gas mask was in 1915

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23 Feb 2020

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“Gas mask.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of gas mask

: a mask used to protect the face and lungs against poisonous gases

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Kids Definition of gas mask

: a mask connected to a chemical air filter and used to protect the face and lungs from harmful gases

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Medical Definition of gas mask

: a mask connected to a chemical air filter and used to protect the face and lungs from toxic gases broadly : respirator sense 1

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