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  1. present participle of mask

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masking (countable and uncountable, plural maskings)

  1. The act by which something is masked; the act of masking, of concealing or disguising.
    • 2017, Robert D. Denham, Northrop Frye and Others: The Order of Words, University of Ottawa Press (→ISBN)
      “To function effectively in any social situation,” writes Booth, “we all engage in masking of one kind or another: we do some prettying up: we adorn,  [] "
    • 2017, Eddie S. Glaude, Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul, Crown Publishing Group (NY) (→ISBN), page 61:
      African Americans, particularly those who have to work and live in predominantly white spaces, also engage in masking.
  2. An entertainment at which the guests conceal their faces with masks.
    • 1831, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Romance and Reality, volume 2, pages 280-281:
      The vassals or tenants collected in the hall for Christmas masking and mumming—the peasant gathering that May-day called out upon the green, drew together ranks whose distance, in our day, occasions forgetfulness on one side, and discontent on the other.
    • 1984, John Norman, Players of Gor:
      Such things, maskings, and disguisings, and dressing up, sometimes in incredible and wild fashions, are all part of the fun of carnival.
  3. The practice of wearing safety masks, such as face masks.
    • 2020 November 20, Tom McCarthy, “Republican officials finally forced into action on Covid-19 as reality bites”, in The Guardian[1]:
      For millions of American lives touched by the coronavirus, it was too late to correct the failure to stand up protocols for masking and social distancing, testing and contact-tracing. But negative consequences of the culture war around the pandemic could still lie ahead, damaging the national vaccination effort.