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unmask

[uhn-mask, -mahsk] /ʌnˈmæsk, -ˈmɑsk/
verb (used with object)
1.
to strip a mask or disguise from.
2.
to reveal the true character of; disclose; expose.
3.
Military. to reveal the presence of (guns) by firing.
verb (used without object)
4.
to put off one's mask; appear in true nature.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; un-2 + mask
Related forms
unmasker, noun

masking

[mas-king, mah-sking] /ˈmæs kɪŋ, ˈmɑ skɪŋ/
noun
1.
backing (def 4).
2.
Psychology. obscuring, partially or completely, one sensory process by another, as the dulling of the sense of taste by smoking.
Origin
1920-25; mask + -ing1, -ing2
Related forms
unmasking, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for unmasking

masking

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

unmask

/ʌnˈmɑːsk/
verb
1.
to remove (the mask or disguise) from (someone or oneself)
2.
to appear or cause to appear in true character
3.
(transitive) (military) to make evident the presence of (weapons), either by firing or by the removal of camouflage, etc
Derived Forms
unmasker, noun
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Word Origin and History for unmasking

unmask

v.

1580s in figurative sense, c.1600 in literal sense, from un- (2) + mask (v.). Related: Unmasked; unmasking.

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unmasking in Medicine

masking n.

  1. The concealment or the screening of one sensory process or sensation by another.

  2. An opaque covering used to camouflage the metal parts of a prosthesis.

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