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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

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun When these water droplets passed through the fog catcher they were collected by the mesh. Science Buddies, Scientific American, "Catch Water from the Air," 26 Sep. 2019 Renee Rendine took third place by erecting a field of yellow-plastic lattices under a white-mesh funnel for a performance, which can be seen on video. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: At cultural center, art that’s tethered to South Korea," 20 Sep. 2019 The next morning, the animals met for a few minutes separated by mesh, which gave zoologists a chance to ensure everything was calm before opening the doors. Dallas News, "Dallas Zoo's new African painted dogs kill packmate," 4 July 2019 The Three Stripes’ Deerupt is a low-top sneaker that seems to have borrowed colors from the Skittles factory and is covered by mesh that makes a wearer’s feet look like one of Beyoncé’s fishnetted backup dancers. Cam Wolf, GQ, "The Rules of the Gym, According to the Hot Dudes of ‘Insecure’," 15 June 2018 Eventually, a worker discovered the woman’s body in an exterior stairwell enclosed by wire mesh on the hospital’s fourth floor. Alene Tchekmedyian,, "Woman found dead in stairwell of San Francisco hospital property was missing from nearby care facility," 1 June 2018 The San Diego funds will replace 14 miles of secondary fencing, steel mesh topped in some places with razor wire that runs, with some gaps, from Border Field State Park to Trump’s border wall prototypes in Otay Mesa. Kate Morrissey,, "San Diego receives additional $251M in border fence funding," 1 Apr. 2018 The patch is an aluminum screen covered by fiberglass mesh. Merle Henkenius, Popular Mechanics, "How to Repair Drywall," 8 Feb. 2017 The louvers are sealed with mesh, but the tower holds tight against the wind. al, "Alabama’s bells ring with history," 14 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Even amid continuing concerns about Murray’s ability to mesh with Aldridge and the veteran swingman DeMar DeRozan, since none of them are proficient 3-pointer shooters, San Antonio ranks a surprising sixth in offensive efficiency. Marc Stein, New York Times, "Chasing Tim Duncan," 27 Nov. 2019 The Chiefs played Aaron Rodgers and the Packers tough, and fill-in QB Matt Moore has had another week to mesh. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Matt Nagy using Nats to inspire slumping Bears seems like just another gimmick play," 3 Nov. 2019 Their roster is stuck in the midst of an awkward transitional phase, trying to mesh a veteran core and budding prospect pool. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, "Kings looking for a season of positives after a year of gloom," 4 Oct. 2019 Such ball dominance doesn’t portend to mesh well with Curry. Michael Shapiro,, "Can D’Angelo Russell Keep the Warriors in Finals Contention?," 2 Oct. 2019 Any addition needs to mesh well on a number of fronts. Mike Singer, The Denver Post, "Nuggets free agency: 8 realistic targets in wake of Denver’s Paul Millsap decision," 29 June 2019 The idea is simple: Healthy meals available quickly to mesh with a busy lifestyle. Paul Gattis |, al, "Healthy grab-and-go meals expanding to Huntsville," 12 Nov. 2019 That's what made Sunday so important with James Johnson, his ability to mesh without detracting. Ira Winderman,, "ASK IRA: Has Riley been rejuvenated by Heat’s youth movement?," 5 Nov. 2019 The results mesh well with a long tradition of ethnographic research illuminating the many ways music differs across cultures. Quanta Magazine, "Perceptions of Musical Octaves Are Learned, Not Wired in the Brain," 30 Oct. 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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“Mesh.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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How to pronounce mesh (audio)

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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