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shadow mask

noun, Television.
a perforated metal plate situated behind the faceplate of a color television picture tube and having holes aligned to insure that each of three electron beams strikes only its corresponding red, green, or blue phosphor dot.
Also called aperture mask.
Origin of shadow mask
1950-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • From the eyeless sockets of the shadow-mask a phosphorescent gleam shot towards the Grand Chamberlain.

    Under the Witches' Moon Nathan Gallizier
British Dictionary definitions for shadow-mask

shadow mask

(television) a perforated metal sheet mounted close to the phosphor-dotted screen in some colour television tubes. The holes are positioned so that each of the three electron beams strikes the correct phosphor dot producing the required colour mixture in the image
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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