\ 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

The catwalk was a cacophony of prints — colorful tiger and zebra, island florals, space-age planets, and Day-Glo doodles—with a mash-up of sequins, tulle, chainmail, leathers, and Swarovski crystal mesh. Ingrid Schmidt, The Hollywood Reporter, "NYFW: Jeremy Scott's Escapist “Sci-Fi Band” Walks for a Starry Crowd," 7 Sep. 2019 Nike says the shoes’ mesh and suede design is a tribute to the classic football turf-style sneakers of the 1990s. Joey Morona,, "Odell Beckham Jr.’s new Nike Air Max 720 sneakers to get early release at Xhibition in Ohio City," 6 Sep. 2019 And while some of his pieces were daring by adding a see-through mesh flash, Sukenia’s designs are still applicable for modest desires. Nandi Howard, Essence, "ESSENCE Fashion House: Omar Salaam Sent Daring Looks Down The ESSENCE Runway," 6 Sep. 2019 This unusual-looking radio telescope, about the size of a football field, consists of four metal mesh cylinders — like skateboard half-pipes — that collect and focus incoming radio waves. Seth Shostak, NBC News, "Fast radio bursts from space have baffled scientists for years. But an explanation may come soon.," 3 Sep. 2019 In response to the potential threat, protestors have begun using mesh networking technologies. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "Hong Kong protestors are once again using mesh networks to preempt an internet shutdown," 3 Sep. 2019 The mesh between the quarterback and the running back got too tight. Tom Green |, al, "What Mario Cristobal, Oregon players said after losing to Auburn," 1 Sep. 2019 The mesh between the quarterback and the running back got too tight. oregonlive, "Oregon’s veteran-led offense misses numerous opportunities to put Auburn away, watches lead slip away," 1 Sep. 2019 Patterson made the right decision on both plays, pulling the ball at the mesh point and firing a quick pass to Black over the middle. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football observations: Offense looks good vs. Middle Tennessee State," 31 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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. Anya Leon,, "Amy Schumer Celebrates Launch of Frida Mom's New Postpartum Care for Women — See the Products," 31 July 2019 But that beauty and real darkness are meshed together in the film. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Ari Aster on his new film Midsommar: “I keep telling people I want it to be confusing”," 2 July 2019 Los Angeles must now hope that the two, under the new coach Frank Vogel, can mesh in a manner reminiscent of famed Lakers partnerships such as Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Kobe Bryant alongside Shaquille O’Neal. Marc Stein, New York Times, "Pelicans Agree to Trade Anthony Davis to the Lakers," 15 June 2019 Ultimately, students must convince external professionals from STEM how and to what extent the school’s program meshed with the Academy’s definition of STEM education. Maria Shine Stewart,, "Back to school in our towns, even better than ever: Sun Messages," 23 Aug. 2019 The three of them each brought distinctive views to the telecasts and meshed well. Chuck Barney, The Mercury News, "Warriors on TV: Should Chris Mullin replace Azubuike?," 19 Aug. 2019 Professional lights — with which Alyx Jacobs and George Jackson create gorgeous effects — mesh with Anthony Narciso’s clear sound design. Matthew J. Palm,, "‘Mary Poppins’: Practically perfect in every way | Review," 19 Aug. 2019 The film was widely popular among college-age students and meshed with the counter-cultural mindset of the day. Duane Byrge, Billboard, "Peter Fonda, 'Easy Rider' Architect And Counter-Cultural Icon, Dies At 79," 16 Aug. 2019 The idea percolated for six to nine months, with the timing finally meshing for the two of them, said Walton, who has worked with former Cavalier Matthew Dellavedova, former Indian Yan Gomes and Indians' Jose Ramirez on coffee releases. Marc Bona,, "Cleveland Coffee Co. teams with musician Carlos Jones to help charity," 11 Aug. 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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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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