Meaning of MESH in English


I. ˈmesh noun

( -es )

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: probably from obsolete Dutch maesche, masche, from Middle Dutch maessce; akin to Old English masc, max, mǣscre mesh, Old Saxon & Old High German masca, Old Norse möskvi mesh, Lithuanian mazgas knot, megsti to weave nets, knot

1. : one of the openings between the threads or cords of a net ; also : one of the similar spaces in any network

the meshes of a sieve

lock joint holds each mesh in true alignment — American Fence Catalog

steel mesh used for reinforcing concrete — Dict. of Occupations

— often used to designate a size of screen or of the material passed by a screen in terms of the number of such openings per linear inch

the mesh of the bolting wire — Correspondence Course in Flour Milling

a 60- mesh screen

30- mesh granulated zinc


a. : the cords, threads, or wires that produce the open spaces in a net or screen : the fabric of a net

built a ramp out of wire mesh — W.B.Huie

— often used in plural

a net with almost invisible meshes

b. : a woven, knit, or knotted fabric that has an open texture with evenly spaced small holes

mesh hose

a mesh handbag

specifically : the net background fabric of many laces

c. : an arrangement of interlocking metal links used especially for jewelry

mesh bracelet

d. : a flexible netting of fine wire used in surgery especially in the repair of large hernias and other body defects


a. : an interlocking or intertwining arrangement or construction : network , web

a mesh of narrow streets — John Buchan

the mesh of irrigation canals — American Guide Series: Oregon

b. : something that catches and holds or involves : toils , snare — usually used in plural

took to panhandling, got detained in the meshes of the big city — Dixon Wecter

diplomacy caught in its own meshes

c. : an intricate or inscrutable system or combination

fixed in the mesh of the divine purpose — V.L.Parrington

book is a gigantic dense mesh of complicated relations — Edmund Wilson

a mesh of circumstance

4. : working contact (as of the teeth of gear wheels or of a slide fastener) — used especially in the phrases in mesh and out of mesh

5. : a closed figure produced by joining electrical components in series

mesh connection

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-es )

transitive verb


a. : to catch in a mesh : net

nets … of such a mesh size that the fish are meshed — Australian Fisheries

b. : enmesh , entangle

the unseen anchor meshed in rock or bar — Spencer Brown

become meshed in thought


a. : to provide with a mesh

b. : to cause to resemble network

the city was meshed in haze — New Yorker

trees meshed with sunlight


a. : to come into or be in working contact with especially by the fitting together of teeth : engage

b. : to cause to come into working contact especially by the fitting together of teeth

noiselessly he meshed the gears — C.B.Kelland

c. : to coordinate closely (as in a satisfactory working arrangement) : interlock

the idea is to mesh the know-how and experience of the regulars with the enthusiasm of the amateur volunteers — Raymond Moley

: fit together properly

learn to mesh layouts — Mademoiselle

intransitive verb

1. : to become entangled in or as if in meshes

the fish will not mesh today

2. : to be in or come into proper working contact — used especially of gears or other toothed working parts

wooden-cogged wheels meshing at an angle — A.L.Kroeber

a slide fastener that will not mesh

3. : to combine or fit together intricately, properly, or harmoniously : accord , coordinate , harmonize

making the operations of the mind mesh with physical actuality — Aram Vartanian

my plans are meshing together smoothly — C.A.Lindbergh b. 1902

two themes that do not quite mesh when they meet — Lisle Bell

an integrating and meshing of personalities — D.L.Cohn



variant of marsh



variant of mash

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