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1. Physiology The concealment or screening of one sensory process or sensation by another.
2. A piece of theatrical scenery used to conceal a part of the stage from the audience.


1. the act or practice of masking
2. (Psychology) psychol the process by which a stimulus (usually visual or auditory) is obscured by the presence of another almost simultaneous stimulus


(ˈmæs kɪŋ, ˈmɑ skɪŋ)

2. obscuring or blocking one sensory process by another.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.masking - the act of concealing the existence of something by obstructing the view of itmasking - the act of concealing the existence of something by obstructing the view of it; "the cover concealed their guns from enemy aircraft"
concealing, hiding, concealment - the activity of keeping something secret
2.masking - the blocking of one sensation resulting from the presence of another sensation; "he studied auditory masking by pure tones"
aesthesis, esthesis, sensation, sense datum, sense experience, sense impression - an unelaborated elementary awareness of stimulation; "a sensation of touch"
3.masking - scenery used to block the audience's view of parts of the stage that should not be seenmasking - scenery used to block the audience's view of parts of the stage that should not be seen
scenery, scene - the painted structures of a stage set that are intended to suggest a particular locale; "they worked all night painting the scenery"
References in classic literature ?
Hiding order beneath the cloak of disorder is simply a question of subdivision; concealing courage under a show of timidity presupposes a fund of latent energy; masking strength with weakness is to be effected by tactical dispositions.
So Brydon, before him, took him in; with every fact of him now, in the higher light, hard and acute - his planted stillness, his vivid truth, his grizzled bent head and white masking hands, his queer actuality of evening-dress, of dangling double eye-glass, of gleaming silk lappet and white linen, of pearl button and gold watch-guard and polished shoe.
77] The portraits of actors and other theatrical celebrities range from Elizabeth, from the melodramatic costumes and faces of the contemporaries of Shakespeare, to the conventional costumes, the rotund expression, of the age of the Georges, masking a power of imaginative impersonation probably unknown in Shakespeare's day.
Thus it is always with those in the high places, ever temporising with their natural desires, ever masking their ordinariness under a show of disinterest.
There 's precious little masking nowadays; wish there was a little more sometimes," added Tom, thinking of several blooming damsels whose beseeching eyes had begged him not to leave them to wither on the parent stem.
He quietly raised his forehead from his arm and looked between the masking stems of the laurels, instinctively closing his right hand about the stock of his rifle.
Audiologists avoid this error by expert use of masking.
In the preface to Masks and Masking the authors observe that their first efforts to write a book on masks came to involve "researching the entire history of medieval theatre, festivity, pageantry, and folk custom" (xi).
We hung up the masks with masking tape (the air-dry clay is very light) so that the children could view and discuss their work.