\ 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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meshed \ˈmesht \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for mesh

Synonyms: Noun

entanglement, morass, net, noose, quagmire, snare, trap, web

Synonyms: Verb

catch up, enmesh (also immesh), ensnare, ensnarl, entangle, 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

The Ariel has a mostly mesh back-panel fabric that extends into the hipbelt. Kelly Bastone, Outside Online, "The Best Women’s Backpacking Packs," 13 July 2018 The lattice-like design of contrasting pale pink and hunter green leather creates a 3-D effect, evoking chain links or a sporty mesh net. Rebecca Ramsey, The Cut, "Fendi’s Leather Coat Is a Graphic Feat of Craftsmanship," 12 July 2018 Lennon said the airport is looking at structural improvements to the fencing, like putting cement under more fencing to prevent people from crawling underneath and a mesh overlay to prevent people from climbing up. Kelly Yamanouchi, ajc, "Fence jumpers raise security concerns at Hartsfield-Jackson," 11 July 2018 From a perspective of science, the material is a clever mesh of silicates with a dash of fluorine secret sauce. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "The Internet-demanded, partially scientific testing of Ultra-Ever Dry (in HD!)," 4 July 2018 The true Prospero of Westworld is not just Robert, or Bernard, or Arnold, or William, but a mesh of those four—plus the creators of the show themselves. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Puzzled by Westworld? Look to Shakespeare.," 26 June 2018 Push the puree through a nylon mesh strainer to get rid of the seeds. Nik Sharma,, "No-cook strawberry ice cream is a game-changer for summer," 26 June 2018 Did Akecheta use the mesh network to get everyone there? William Lee,, "‘Westworld’ Episode 10 recap: 5 things to know about ‘The Passenger’ and Season 2's finale," 24 June 2018 Delos has hacked the mesh network, and Clementine is their key to controlling the non-sentient hosts. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Angela Sarafyan Is Westworld's Secret Weapon," 18 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The two have a similar skill-set, and that skill-set has meshed well with Cam Newton’s game in the past. Steven Ruiz, For The Win, "10 fantasy football sleepers we're irrationally excited about in 2018," 10 July 2018 Mike Mayock gushed about his work ethic -- think that'll mesh well with Larry Fitzgerald? The Heat Index, azcentral, "NFL draft reaction: Arizona Cardinals among biggest winners in 2018 NFL draft?," 30 Apr. 2018 Cousins has also meshed well with Davis and Jrue Holiday and they've developed into one of the NBA's highest-scoring trios. William Guillory,, "Are the Pelicans looking to make a move on the trade market?," 8 Jan. 2018 Eero is responsible for introducing two major trends to Wi-Fi routers: mesh networking and subscriptions. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "Eero promises not to brick routers if you don’t pay a subscription," 14 June 2018 Delos is looking to exploit Maeve’s mesh networking abilities NM: OK, first of all: Did Sizemore wheel Maeve down to the labs to get her help or snitch to Delos about her abilities? William Lee,, "‘Westworld’ Episode 8 recap: 5 things to know about ‘Kiksuya’," 11 June 2018 His works and the troupe's style mesh perfectly and this premiere continues in that tradition. Theodore P. Mahne,, "'Three Musketeers' is one for all and all for fun at NOMA Sculpture Garden," 12 May 2018 These look virtually the same, with four wheels, three tiers, and mesh bottoms for each section. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "How Target’s new minimalist home goods line compares to Ikea and Muji products," 22 June 2018 Musician Steve Lacy sported a white LV logo mesh Tee with baggy white pants and sneakers. Kristin Larson,, "Chicagoan Virgil Abloh debuts first Louis Vuitton collection with support from Kanye, Kim Kardashian," 22 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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the setting in which something occurs

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