\ 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

Other Words from mesh


meshed \ ˈmesht How to pronounce mesh (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for mesh

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of mesh in a Sentence

Noun 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 Verb 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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The huge mesh grille is black (obviously), as are the window moldings, the lower trim pieces, and the quad exhaust tips that flank the faux rear diffuser. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 11 May 2022 Rihanna went out in a Miu Miu silver mesh crop top and belted mini skirt. Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 10 May 2022 The metal-mesh texture of James’s dress and its gleaming pastel color kept it from feeling reductive. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 9 May 2022 In September, armed prison guards watched from atop tall concrete walls as a heavy steel door rumbled open to release a middle-aged man holding all of his possessions in a small mesh bag. New York Times, 7 May 2022 These running sneakers are made of a breathable mesh material that increases airflow and won't drag you down. Bianca Rodriguez, Men's Health, 6 May 2022 Each pair features a foam footbed, upper mesh design, and is ideal for a comfortable walk or run. Ni'kesia Pannell, Woman's Day, 6 May 2022 Her accessories were just as bold, with a gold mesh necklace and red leather gloves—both hailing from the French fashion house. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 5 May 2022 According to the zoo, this is first time a wild predator has breached the mesh exhibit since its creation in the 1970s. Zoe Christen Jones, CBS News, 3 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Tieszen said the success of the group has come largely from the ability to meld and mesh players. Josh Reed, Anchorage Daily News, 10 May 2022 Modern touches, such as a black iron stair rail, mesh with classic features including white tongue-and-groove paneling set in a nostalgic vertical style. Sally Finder Weepie, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 May 2022 There’s no privacy anywhere in the chamber: no door on the bathroom, nothing but mesh separating their beds., 5 May 2022 The cotton-blend fabric is mesh that's breathable and moisture-wicking to help keep you cool. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, 3 May 2022 The latest move is validation that advertising can indeed mesh with high-quality content. Rajeev Goel, Fortune, 3 May 2022 The following year, Corey was offered a professorship at Humboldt State University, and the family immediately fell in love with the area where giant redwoods mesh with jagged cliffs before conceding to wild beaches along the Pacific Ocean. Stephen Rodrick, Rolling Stone, 1 May 2022 This Adidas top features breathable mesh around the neckline that feels secure without being restrictive. Hannah Oh, Seventeen, 21 Apr. 2022 These deft visuals mesh with Carmichael’s opening lines, which situate his audience as confidants, or even something more. Bryan Washington, The New Yorker, 12 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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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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