\ 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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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

Her Louis Vuitton ensemble featured a black and silver striped bra and skirt, with a silver mesh overlay that had a flared skirt hem and sleeves along with a high neckline. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sophie Turner Gets Futuristic in Louis Vuitton for X-Men Premiere," 28 May 2019 The Graham girls frolicked along the Punta Cana beaches to capture their sisterly bond all while clad in cute swimwear including mesh one-shoulder piece to die for. Teen Vogue, "Meet Ashley Graham’s Little Sister Abigail Who Stars In Her New Campaign For Swimsuits For All," 21 May 2019 The federal agency, following a safety hearing on the topic in February, said that Boston Scientific Corp. and Coloplast Corp. hadn’t demonstrated reasonable evidence that the mesh products worked better than surgery without the products. ... Thomas M. Burton, WSJ, "FDA Orders Makers of Women’s Surgical Mesh to Stop Selling the Products," 17 Apr. 2019 The company announced a slew of new products at CES 2019, including the Deco X10 Wi-Fi mesh router and the super-powerful Archer AX11000 gaming router. Michael Brown, PCWorld, "TP-Link goes all in with Wi-Fi 6 home networking gear, offering five products in 2019," 7 Jan. 2019 This eliminates any issues a mesh system might have transferring a wireless signal from access point to access point. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Holiday Gift Guide 2018—good tech for the power user in your life," 4 Dec. 2018 Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a lidded glass jar. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Leslie Kirchhoff, Ice Cube Artist, Shares 3 Spring Cocktail Recipes," 14 May 2019 As a result, even the entry-level UniFi AP AC Lite, which costs $80 per unit, usually performs better or at least on par with mesh WI-Fi kits that are two to three times as expensive. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Holiday Gift Guide 2018—good tech for the power user in your life," 4 Dec. 2018 Hooded white ankle-length robes hide the human shape; a big square of black mesh lets a wearer see out while hiding the face. Washington Post, "Louisiana’s whooping crane comeback: 5 chicks this year," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Instead, Thomas took a while to get healthy, couldn’t mesh with Cleveland on the fly, and ended his season in relative obscurity for the Lakers. Rohan Nadkarni,, "Buyer Beware: Five Pricey Free Agents to Avoid," 27 June 2018 Getty Images On Friday, Jessie J posted a picture on Instagram of her lying on a beach towel, wearing a black bikini and mesh coverup, and surrounded by plates of food. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Channing Tatum Called His Girlfriend, Jessie J, the "Hottest" on Instagram," 2 Mar. 2019 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

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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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