Translation of mask in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /mæsk; mɑːsk/


  • 1 1.1 (for ritual, disguise) máscara (feminine), careta (feminine)
    (domino mask)
    antifaz (masculine)
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    • Even the tots wore their costumes and enjoyed the fun, peering through their grotesque masks, and frightening their elders.
    • It promises to be a wacky race featuring disguises and masks and neo-virginal veils of innocence.
    • Some put on frightening masks, some had their faces tattooed with scary figures while a few had horns growing out of their heads.
    1.2 (in fencing, ice-hockey) careta (feminine); (used by doctors, nurses) mascarilla (feminine), barbijo (masculine); (for diving) gafas (feminine plural) or anteojos (masculine plural) de bucear or de buceo; (against dust, fumes) mascarilla (feminine)
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    • Wear a protective mask, covering nose and mouth, to decrease the percentage of polluted air breathed.
    • Patients should wear a mask during transport from the ward to the surgical suite, if possible.
    • The gauze mask helped protect her burned face until she could receive treatment in hospital.
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    • The Ukranian marksman seems reluctant to play with a protective mask, and will in all probability miss out to be replaced again by Jon Dahl Tomasson.
    • But he also noted that catchers didn't always wear masks, and neither did hockey goaltenders.
    • The umpire took his mask off and gave me a look, knowing that it was a purpose pitch.
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    • Jemma said she wanted to be injected, but on the morning of her operation this proved difficult and she had to inhale anaesthetic via a mask.
    • Always wear a dust mask or respirator when using a sander to prevent inhalation of sawdust.
    • The fan is powered and configured with the exterior of the filter body to aid in drawing air through the filter media of the mask.
    1.3 (cosmetic) mascarilla (feminine) or máscara (feminine) (facial) 1.4 (façade) máscara (feminine) to drop the mask quitarse la máscara
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    • Of course, everyone wearing masks that hid their true intentions didn't help much.
    • Personal conflict chipped away at the mask that hid her true persona from the world.
    • The best analogy I can think of is that I was looking for a mask to conceal my true feelings.
  • 2 [Photography/Fotografía] máscara (feminine), pantalla (feminine)
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    • If a diffused edge is preferred on the image, the mask can be placed on top of the glass rather than under it.
    • You may notice that the entire image has the unsharp mask applied to it beforehand.
    • The images are quite large (600x400 pixels), but when you load the masks, they conform to the size of your photo.

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1.1 (conceal) ocultar trees masked the building (from view) los árboles ocultaban or no dejaban ver el edificio these figures mask the extent of the problem estas cifras encubren or ocultan la magnitud del problema she tried to mask her disappointment trató de disimular su decepción 1.2 (cover) cubrir*, tapar

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Spain had three civil wars known as the guerras carlistas (1833-39, 1860, 1872-76). When Fernando VII died in 1833, he was succeeded not by his brother the Infante Don Carlos de Borbón, but by his daughter Isabel, under the regency of her mother María Cristina. This provoked a mainly northern-Spanish revolt, with local guerrillas pitted against the forces of the central government. The Carlist Wars were also a confrontation between conservative rural Catholic Spain, especially the Basque provinces and Aragón, led by the carlistas, and the progressive liberal urban middle classes allied with the army. Carlos died in 1855, but the carlistas, representing political and religious traditionalism, supported his descendants' claims until reconciliation in 1977 with King Juan Carlos.