- any knit, woven, or knotted fabric of open texture.
- an interwoven or intertwined structure; network.
- any arrangement of interlocking metal links or wires with evenly spaced, uniform small openings between, as used in jewelry or sieves.
- one of the open spaces between the cords or ropes of a net.
- the threads that bind such spaces.
- the means of catching or holding fast: to be caught in the meshes of the law.
- Machinery. the engagement of gear teeth.
- Electricity. a set of branches that forms a closed path in a network so that removal of a branch results in an open path.
- Metallurgy. a designation of a given fineness of powder used in powder metallurgy in terms of the number of the finest screen through which almost all the particles will pass: This powder is 200 mesh.
- to catch or entangle in or as if in a net; enmesh.
- to form with meshes, as a net.
- Machinery. to engage, as gear teeth.
- to cause to match, coordinate, or interlock: They tried to mesh their vacation plans.
- to become enmeshed.
- Machinery. to become or be engaged, as the teeth of one gear with those of another.
- to match, coordinate, or interlock: The two versions of the story don't mesh.
Origin of mesh
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Examples from the Web for mesh
Tomlinson tackles all of these, and more, and tries to make them all mesh in his tale.Slaves In A Family's Past Haunt The Present
August 28, 2014
But unfortunately, along that way, we had some mesh tank tops and we had some baggy denim Sean John jumpsuits— JACOB: Sean John!Not a Liquid Dream: O-Town's Back, Baby. But Where’s Ashley?
August 25, 2014
Apologies, of course, if you have done cocaine at a Williamsburg rave while wearing a mesh tanktop recently.HBO’s ‘Looking,’ Gays, and Sex: Are We All Expecting Too Much?
January 17, 2014
They cling to the walls, hang off the ceiling, bounce persistently against the mesh opening, trying to get at us.Mosquitoes Love Some People More and Science Wants to Know Why
August 6, 2013
“To the left of the pedestrian gate, which is wooden, is a mesh gate, and that had been cut,” testified Bloom.‘The Bling Ring’ Case Revealed: The Stars’ Grand-Jury Testimony
June 11, 2013
By pressing tightly against the mesh Bentley could see the headlines.The Mind Master
Arthur J. Burks
By the very strength of her nature she was caught in the mesh of Diana's scheme.Mistress Wilding
The engine hit at once and Stan slammed the gears into mesh.A Yankee Flier Over Berlin
Be careful not to take one mesh out, until you have completed the next row.
You must have two skeins of second sized silk, and a No. 10 mesh.
- a network; net
- an open space between the strands of a network
- (often plural) the strands surrounding these spaces
- anything that ensnares, or holds like a netthe mesh of the secret police
- the engagement of teeth on interacting gearwheelsthe gears are in mesh
- a measure of spacing of the strands of a mesh or grid, expressed as the distance between strands for coarse meshes or a number of strands per unit length for fine meshes
- to entangle or become entangled
- (of gear teeth) to engage or cause to engage
- (intr often foll by with) to coordinate (with)to mesh with a policy
- to work or cause to work in harmony
Word Origin and History for mesh
late 14c., mesche, "open space in a net," probably from late Old English max "net," earlier mæscre, from Proto-Germanic *mask- (cf. Old Norse möskvi, Danish maske, Swedish maska, Old Saxon masca, Middle Dutch maessce, Dutch maas "mesh," Old High German masca, German Masche "mesh"), from PIE root *mezg- "to knit, plait, twist" (cf. Lithuanian mezgu "to knit," mazgas "knot").
1530s, originally in the figurative sense of "entangle, involve," from mesh (n.). Literal sense "to become enmeshed" is from 1580s. Meaning "to fit in, combine" is from 1944. Related: Meshed; meshing.