\ ˈmesh How to pronounce mesh (audio) \

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

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 How to pronounce meshed (audio) \ 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

In a skimpy gold mesh top with a long black Saint Laurent skirt that hit right below the navel, the actress instantly stole the spotlight. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Zoe Kravitz Wore an 18k Gold Bra Top to the Oscars After Party," 25 Feb. 2019 The top was a light blue silk camisole layered under an ethereal mesh top. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Storm Reid Wears Coach x Keith Haring Dress to the "A Wrinkle in Time" Premiere," 28 Feb. 2018 Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into a separate bowl. Bonnie S. Benwick, The Seattle Times, "For a different Thanksgiving dessert, swap pie for parfaits," 13 Nov. 2018 Transfer skillet to oven and bake, basting dumplings with butter from pan midway through cooking, until dumplings are firm, 12-15 minutes. 5. Pour stock through a fine-mesh strainer. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "The Secret to This Dish's Deep Flavor," 18 Oct. 2018 Put a fine-mesh strainer over a large glass measuring cup. Tara Massouleh,, "Put these colorful acai bowls on your food bucket list," 4 Apr. 2018 The side chair, for home or office use, comes in three frame colors and six mesh shades, allowing for bold combinations for the contemporary eye. Colleen Barry, Fox News, "Furniture designers explore what it is to be sustainable," 20 Apr. 2018 The side chair, for home or office use, comes in three frame colors and six mesh shades, allowing for bold combinations for the contemporary eye. Washington Post, "Furniture designers explore what it is to be sustainable," 20 Apr. 2018 Rinse the rice under cold running water in a fine-mesh sieve until the water no longer turns cloudy. Joe Yonan, The Seattle Times, "Jaggery, tamarind and ghee: Nik Sharma sets a multicultural, seasonal table," 16 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Blunt, meanwhile, worried that their styles of working wouldn't mesh. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "Why John Krasinski and Emily Blunt say 'A Quiet Place' is their 'most personal' film yet," 3 Apr. 2018 In other words, the teeth in the gears didn't quite mesh and the car stalled. Jesse Wright,, "Middle school students learn engineering skills racing electric cars," 18 Mar. 2018 Finding the person who has those on-court coaching skills while also meshing with the organization from top to bottom, including the players, front office and ownership, is critical. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "GM Jon Horst, Bucks looking for right fit as coaching search begins," 4 May 2018 Its pub, Double Standard, will mesh British and American sensibilities. Howie Kahn, WSJ, "The Standard’s New Food Guru on Overhauling the Hotel’s Cuisine," 13 Feb. 2019 Where Rihanna's deep vocals mesh perfectly with the backing piano of her version, CHVRCHES frontwoman Lauren Mayberry dances above it with her characteristically fairylike voice. Abby Jones, Billboard, "CHVRCHES Offers Up Heartbreaking Rendition of Rihanna's 'Stay' for Spotify Singles: Listen," 13 June 2018 Is there a player or players out there that would mesh well with Lillard and the current roster? Sean Meagher,, "Houston Rockets vs Golden State Warriors Game 2 score, TV channel, how to watch live stream," 15 May 2018 Whole Foods is getting more Amazon-ish: report Six months after Amazon took over the upscale Whole Foods grocery chain, the online retailer is meshing the brands in subtle and not-so subtle ways, according to The New York Times. Drew Broach,, "7,000-year-old Native American burial site found in Gulf of Mexico: reports," 1 Mar. 2018 The next-generation Orbi mesh Wi-Fi system is expected to arrive in the second half of 2019, but Netgear has not yet announced pricing. Michael Brown, PCWorld, "Netgear takes its Orbi mesh Wi-Fi system to the next level with Wi-Fi 6," 7 Jan. 2019

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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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