\ˈmesh \

Definition of mesh 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one of the openings between the threads or cords of a net also : one of the similar spaces in a network often used to designate screen size as the number of openings per linear inch

2a : the fabric of a net

b : a woven, knit, or knotted material of open texture with evenly spaced holes

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

3a : a weblike pattern or construction

b : web, snare usually used in plural

4 : working contact (as of the teeth of gears) in mesh


meshed; meshing; meshes

Definition of mesh (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : enmesh, entangle

b : to catch in the openings of a net

2 : to cause to resemble network

3a : to cause (parts, such as gears) to engage

b : to coordinate closely : interlock

intransitive verb

1 : to become entangled in or as if in meshes

2 : to be in or come into mesh used especially of gears

3 : to fit or work together properly

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Other Words from mesh


meshed \ ˈmesht \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for mesh

Synonyms: Noun

entanglement, morass, net, noose, quagmire, quicksand, snare, tanglement, toil(s), trap, web

Synonyms: Verb

catch up, enmesh (also immesh), ensnare, ensnarl, entangle, entoil, entrap, net, snare, tangle, trap

Antonyms: Verb

disentangle, untangle

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Examples of mesh in a Sentence


We covered the blueberry bushes in nylon mesh to keep the birds from the fruit. a routine request that got hung up in the meshes of the state bureaucracy


They meshed traditions from several cultures into one wedding ceremony. The book tries to mesh philosophy and humor. The two plans mesh well. The gears weren't meshing properly.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

To confirm this, the Swagelok Center put our samples under an electron microscope, which nicely shows how densely packed the resulting mesh is. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "The Internet-demanded, partially scientific testing of Ultra-Ever Dry (in HD!)," 4 July 2018 Jim Knott, chief executive officer of Riverdale Mills Corp. in Northbridge, Massachusetts, says his company supplies 85 percent of the North American market for the wire mesh that covers lobster traps. Andrew Mayeda,, "Across U.S., wary businesses gird for a Trump trade war," 18 June 2018 His band is quietly energetic, supplying the mesh of interlocking supporting parts that help showcase the dramatic contrasts built into the music. John Adamian,, "Music Festivals And Concerts Not To Miss This Week," 18 June 2018 The metal mesh caught her like a net, bouncing her face-first onto the asphalt below. Wesley Snipes, The Root, "Talon of God," 27 May 2018 And the mesh drag mats used to smooth over the scars left by the players’ slides and volleys must be folded precisely, with the handle on top and facing out, so the groundskeepers can reset the clay in just 90 seconds between sets. New York Times, "Masters of the Courts," 25 May 2018 Failure rates for the vaginal mesh have been unacceptably high, Sayet said. Ron Hurtibise,, "Bluetooth-operated bionic sphincter controller close to human trial phase," 9 Apr. 2018 As far as your gadgets are concerned, the Wi-Fi mesh is one big continuous Wi-Fi network. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "10 ways to fix your home Wi-Fi problems," 2 Mar. 2018 The meshes with the improved connectivity and approach to things that Holtmann has talked about this year, and with what team sources have told is a much healthier Ohio State locker room than in seasons past., "Ohio State basketball daily nuggets: The change Chris Holtmann must make; what the Buckeyes learned from losing," 29 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Atlanta rarely plays by the rules of the clockwork plot, where everything fits into an exact place and half the fun is in seeing how all the pieces mesh. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Atlanta’s bold brilliance is rooted in a surprising nod to TV history," 11 May 2018 Winnipeg has to be thrilled with how well deadline acquisition Paul Stastny (3-7-10 in 9GP) is meshing. 4. Jeremy Fuchs,, "Power Rankings: The Teams at the Top Are Sorting Themselves Out," 19 Mar. 2018 While there have been plenty of questions about how the South Korean players are meshing with their teammates from North Korea on their countries’ combined team, few activities unify north and south like rooting against Japan. Seth Berkman, New York Times, "For Korean Hockey Team, Japan Is Both Measuring Stick and Nemesis," 12 Feb. 2018 Members of the ’88 team meshed with the 1981 Super Bowl team in a ceremony prior to the Bengals’ 2013 playoff game against San Diego. Paul Dehner Jr.,, "BX: Cincinnati Bengals looking to bring back 1988 Super Bowl team," 13 July 2018 Following a series of missteps — contractors who didn’t understand the full scope of the problem, old pipes not meshing with a new boiler — the crisis came to a head in late December, when the boiler froze, and furnaces and pipes burst. Anya Van Wagtendonk,, "To save the world, first they must save a building in West Philly," 12 July 2018 There’s a chance some of the Lakers’ youngsters will be packaged in a deal for Leonard—Kawhi plus LeBron is a tantalizing thought—but who isn’t curious to see how James could mesh with Ball and especially his unfiltered basketball father, LaVar? Jason Gay, WSJ, "It’s La-La Land for LeBron James," 2 July 2018 The classic video game's prelude is sampled at points, meshed into the background of the track's sonic. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "Every Sample on Drake's 'Scorpion' Album," 29 June 2018 Technical achievement All wireless systems performed flawlessly Saturday, when six percussion instruments, a keyboard, sometimes two guitars and one bass meshed for clean, balanced sound. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "5 ways David Byrne revisits greatness in Indianapolis," 10 June 2018

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First Known Use of mesh


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1532, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for mesh


Middle English, probably from Middle Dutch maesche; akin to Old High German masca mesh, Lithuanian mazgos knot

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English Language Learners Definition of mesh

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a material made from threads or wires with evenly spaced holes that allow air or water to pass through



English Language Learners Definition of mesh (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cause (things) to fit together or work together successfully

: to fit or work together successfully

of the parts of a machine : to fit together and move together properly


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Kids Definition of mesh

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a material of open texture with evenly spaced holes wire mesh

2 : one of the spaces formed by the threads of a net or the wires of a sieve or screen

3 : the coming or fitting together (as of the teeth of two sets of gears)


meshed; meshing

Kids Definition of mesh (Entry 2 of 2)

: to fit or join together The gear teeth must mesh.


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Medical Definition of mesh 

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

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