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Mask, vb. 1) trans. to cover with a visor (applied to women): “being --ed,” Gent. V, 2, 40. “--ed and vizarded,” Wiv. IV, 6, 40 (girls and boys). Ado V, 4, 12. LLL V, 2, 127. LLL V, 2, 127 LLL V, 2, 127
Metaphorically, applied to men as well as women: “to m. their brows and hide their infamy,” Lucr. 794. “when summer's breath their --ed buds discloses,” Sonn. 54, 8. “if some suspect of ill --ed not thy show,” 70, 13. LLL I, 2, 98. Cor. I, 8, 10. Caes. II, 1, 81. With from (== to conceal): the region cloud hath --ed him (the sun) “from me,” Sonn. 33, 12. “--ing the business from the common eye,” Mcb. III, 1, 125.
2) intr. to play a part in a masquerade: “and then we --ed,” Rom. I, 5, 39. --ing == pertaining to a masquerade: “our --ing mates,” Merch. II, 6, 59. “what --ing stuff is here,” Shr. IV, 3, 87.
Doubtful passage: “then give you up to the --ed Neptune and the gentlest winds of heaven,” Per. III, 3, 36 (perhaps == hiding his cruel nature).
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