Definition of Masking

1. Noun. The act of concealing the existence of something by obstructing the view of it. "The cover concealed their guns from enemy aircraft"

Exact synonyms: Cover, Covering, Screening
Generic synonyms: Concealing, Concealment, Hiding
Derivative terms: Cover, Cover, Cover, Mask, Screen

2. Noun. The blocking of one sensation resulting from the presence of another sensation. "He studied auditory masking by pure tones"

3. Noun. Scenery used to block the audience's view of parts of the stage that should not be seen.
Exact synonyms: Masking Piece
Generic synonyms: Scene, Scenery

Definition of Masking

1. Verb. (third-person singular of mask) ¹

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Definition of Masking

1. a piece of scenery used to conceal parts of a stage from the audience [n -S]

Medical Definition of Masking

1. 1. The use of noise of any kind to interfere with the audibility of another sound. For any given intensity, low pitched tones have a greater masking effect than those of a high pitch. 2. In audiology, the use of a noise applied to one ear while testing the hearing acuity of the other ear. 3. The hiding of smaller rhythms in the brain wave record by larger and slower ones whose wave form they distort. 4. In dentistry, an opaque covering used to camouflage the metal parts of a prosthesis. 5. In radiography, superimposition of an altered positive image on the original negative to produce an enhanced copy photographically. See: subtraction. (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Masking

masked hyperthyroidism
masked shrew
masked virus
masking (current term)
masking paper
masking piece
masking tape
masking tapes
masklike face

Literary usage of Masking

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Invasion of the Crimea: Its Origin and an Account of Its Progress Down by Alexander William Kinglake (1863)
"His way of Lord Palmerston's plan of masking the warlike masking , . _. -. the ten- tendency of the Government was an application to the^Jov- politics of an ..."

2. The American Amateur Photographer (1906)
"A safer plan is to overcome the defects by masking or dodging in the ... Nine-tenths of the prints which come to Our Portfolio could be improved by masking, ..."

3. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by H.W. Wilson Company (1917)
"Illus World 28:417-21 N '17 masking death from the flyer's eyes. Illus 577-81 Je '17 Scientific miscues of the movies. Illus World 28:107-11 S '17 That ..."

4. Inorganic Plant Poisons and Stimulants by Winifred Elsie Brenchley (1914)
"(b) masking effect caused by addition of soluble substances to solutions of copper salts. Experiments were carried on with barley, in which the plants were ..."

5. Shahmah in Pursuit of Freedom; Or, The Branded Hand by Frances Harriet Green (1858)
"... Branded Hand—The High Priest—Apis and his masking Neighbor—Bullying—Subserviency—Scorpion Threats—Scorpion Worship—Offerings to the Idol—Incense—Renewed ..."

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