AskDefine | Define masking

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1 the act of concealing the existence of something by obstructing the view of it; "the cover concealed their guns from enemy aircraft" [syn: cover, covering, screening]
2 the blocking of one sensation resulting from the presence of another sensation; "he studied auditory masking by pure tones"
3 scenery used to block the audience's view of parts of the stage that should not be seen [syn: masking piece]

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  1. third-person singular of mask

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Extensive Definition

Masking can mean:
  • Applying or using a mask
  • Masking (in art), protecting a desired area from change during production
  • Materials used to protect portions of a work from unintended change, such as masking tape, frisket, and stencils
  • Masking (illustration), an art style that started in Japan in the mid- to late 20th century
  • Mask (computing), AND'ing or OR'ing a bit pattern with another bit pattern to select some bits
  • Masking agent, a reagent used in chemical analysis which reacts with (thus sequestering) chemical species which may interfer in the analysis
  • Auditory masking, when the perception of one sound is affected by the presence of another sound
  • Backmasking, a recording technique in which a sound or message is recorded backward onto a track that is meant to be played forward
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