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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"
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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.
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This is why Wesley Brown's novel Darktown Strutters, an often profound meditation on performance, masking, identity, and equality in the American skin game, is so welcome and refreshing.
Core Security Technologies, provider of CORE IMPACT, the first-to-market penetration testing product for assessing specific information security risks, today announced the release of the new CORE IMPACT(TM) Traffic Masking capability.
3) And Lasca indeed acknowledges that "[b]efore [Lorenzo's time] men celebrated Carnival by masking themselves and dressing as women, and they also used to go about at Calendimaggio cross-dressed [travestiti] as women and girls, singing canzoni a ballo.
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Using the double-sided masking tape, stick the bones, rib cage, and hip bone cutouts to your child's shirt and pants.