\ 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

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 The louvers are sealed with mesh, but the tower holds tight against the wind. al, "Alabama’s bells ring with history," 14 Nov. 2019 The evening dresses were decorated with crystal mesh and ostrich feathers layered by hand. Washington Post, "Burberry, Christopher Kane show new collections in London," 16 Sep. 2019 This, along with flat seams, a flyless design, and breathable, moisture-wicking, pin-dot mesh fabric makes these 5-inch inseam boxer briefs ideal for bike commuting. Cameron Martindell, WIRED, "Buying Guide: The Best Summer Cycling Gear," 13 June 2019 This pad is made of breathable mesh, and is usually 3 degrees lower than normal fabric. Nicole Forsyth, The Mercury News, "Dollars and pets: Devices to help your pet stay cool," 1 Aug. 2019 The crowd wore crop tops, layers of mesh, lots of neon, and, for roughly 40 percent of the men, some form of Gucci shoes. Taylor Lorenz, The Atlantic, "Where Everyone’s an Influencer," 31 July 2019 La Fille d’O in particular has a track record with its use of power mesh. Linda Dyett, New York Times, "The Bralette Is Back. This Time Blouses Are Optional.," 31 July 2019 An inspection of the birds’ habitat revealed that the enclosure mesh has been cut and a large portion of the enclosure was removed overnight on Thursday, the zoo said. Howard Koplowitz |, al, "Two white-crested laughingthrush birds go missing from Birmingham Zoo," 16 Sep. 2019 The first collection contains mesh cord cuffs, rings, and necklaces with most pieces under $400, ranging from $195-$5000. Erin Nicole Celletti, Teen Vogue, "Slick Woods Launched a Jewelry Line Supporting Minority-Owned Businesses," 16 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This swinging couple appears to have their own definition of those terms, which do not mesh with reality. Abigail Van Buren, Twin Cities, "Dear Abby: Invitation to threesome intrigues religious man," 28 Aug. 2019 The coming-of-age theme doesn't mesh entirely well with the more lurid elements, and Coyote Lake doesn't quite achieve the narrative tension sufficient to lift it above the story's slow spots. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Coyote Lake': Film Review," 31 July 2019 But Castro’s idea of his identity hasn’t always meshed with what progressive activists might want to hear in 2020. Dara Lind, Vox, "Julián Castro’s 2020 presidential campaign and policies, explained," 26 June 2019 When curators at that museum invited him and his merry band to create music, Rountree found freedom in dissolving traditional boundaries and meshing music, art and theater. Catherine Womack, La Cañada Valley Sun, "Christopher Rountree’s pursuit of music magic inspired by Descanso Gardens," 6 Sep. 2019 Designed by Ronen Lev, the pop-up space meshes the charming curation of a New England general store with the beachy interiors of a warm weather residence. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Goop's New Nantucket Store Looks Like the Ideal Summer Home," 28 May 2019 Called Frida Mom, the line includes soothing items like instant ice maxi pads, healing foam (as opposed to spray), witch hazel cooling pad liners, mesh underwear for vaginal and cesarean section deliveries and more. Jen Juneau,, "All the Details on Amy Schumer's 4-Month-Old Son Gene's Sleek Bouncer — and Cute Stuffed Frog!," 16 Sep. 2019 Maybe Ritchie wins a job as a No. 3 right wing, meshing with Coyle and left winger Heinen., "(Debee Tlumacki for The Boston Globe)," 15 Sep. 2019 There are a few luminaries for whom fit is a non-issue—an elite class of ultra-flexible superstars who would work in most every system and would mesh with most any roster. Rob Mahoney,, "Top 100 NBA Players of 2020: Inside the Process," 9 Sep. 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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21 Nov 2019

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“Mesh.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 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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