verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Origin of mesh

1375–1425; late Middle English mesch, apparently continuing Old English masc, max; akin to Old High German māsca, Middle Dutch maesche
Related formsin·ter·mesh, verb (used without object)mis·mesh, verbun·mesh, verb (used with object)

Synonyms for mesh Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for intermesh



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
Derived Formsmeshy, adjective

Word Origin for mesh

C16: probably from Dutch maesche; related to Old English masc, Old High German masca
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Word Origin and History for intermesh

1909, from inter- + 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.

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