face' mask"

1. Sports.the protective equipment, usually made of steel or plastic, that guards the face, as the steel cage worn by a baseball catcher or the molded plastic covering worn by a hockey goalkeeper.
2. any of various similar devices to shield the face, sometimes attached to or forming part of a helmet, as that worn by workers engaged in a hazardous activity. Also,face'mask".

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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