\ 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 mesh (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for mesh

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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 To make these various long-range low-cost connectivity technologies truly useful, however, requires a mechanism for connecting them all together in a mesh-like fabric and providing a standardized means of communicating over them. Bob O'donnell, Forbes, "Amazon’s Sidewalk Unmasks Hidden Value Of Mesh Networks," 10 May 2021 Also highly touted was the Espro P7 ($110 and up) with its elegant carafe, 18- and 32-ounce sizes, and its fine-mesh double filter. Joe Ray, Wired, "Rugged French Presses for Your Coffee-Fueled Summer Adventures," 9 May 2021 This protective mesh extends throughout most areas of the brain, from the outer layers of the cortex, where higher-order cognition occurs, to deep places such as the hippocampus, which regulates memory storage. Daniela Kaufer, Scientific American, "Damage to a Protective Shield around the Brain May Lead to Alzheimer’s and Other Diseases," 23 Apr. 2021 White mesh and linear lines characterize those of Lil Yang. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Anatomyland Is a New Collection From Aitor Throup Exploring Themes of Inequality, Mental Health, and Higher Consciousness," 22 Apr. 2021 Beyoncé wore a green and gray mesh mini dress in a new post on Instagram. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Beyoncé Stunned in the Coolest Mesh Mini Dress With Matching Gloves," 19 Apr. 2021 The shell features a stretchy hood, two zippered hand pockets with mesh behind them for extra venting, and thumbholes. Outdoor Life, "Best Soft Shell Jackets: Lightweight Warmth for Cold Weather," 16 Mar. 2021 Even shorter were the mesh, metallic tunics that arrived after, the likes of which were more Studio 54 than Mad Men. Eliza Huber,, "Gigi Makes Her Runway Return At A Very Sexy Versace Runway Show," 8 Mar. 2021 Strain through fine-mesh sieve and let cool completely (discard berries or save for another use). Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Fresh Berry Lemonade," 7 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Any expansion of gambling would likely face intense opposition from Disney, leaders of which have long said that casinos don’t mesh with the company’s wholesome brand. Steven Lemongello,, "Casinos aren’t coming to Orlando, Seminole Tribe insists. But sports betting could be everywhere.," 6 May 2021 But Johnson wanted to see whether the 6-5 newcomer could score through contact near the rim and mesh with guards in the pick-and-roll game. Dallas News, "As Wings training camp ramps up, rookie center Charli Collier provides promise in the post," 6 May 2021 Talking before the game, Thibodeau indicated that the timeline of the Knicks rebuild — which appeared much more daunting in the summer — didn’t mesh with a 36-year-old looking for contention. Stefan Bondy,, "Chris Paul, the one that got away, rallies Suns to end Knicks’ 9-game winning streak," 26 Apr. 2021 Shoulder straps are padded for extra comfort and the back is breathable, but not mesh, so won't ruffle your clothes like some designs. Jon Martindale, Forbes, "8 Roomy Laptop Backpacks And Bags To Move Your Portable Workstation In Safety And Style," 7 Apr. 2021 That plan didn't mesh with Allina's needs, said Dr. Stephanie Rosener, director of the Family Medicine Residency Program. James Walsh, Star Tribune, "Rift at longtime St. Paul clinic leads to new home for residency program," 16 Feb. 2021 Karen Hathaway, one of the owners of the business, said the focus of Black Friday doesn’t mesh well with her business. al, "Safer online: Alabama adapts to a different Black Friday," 25 Nov. 2020 And since he’s pathologically obsessed with TV ratings, this venture would likely have to be on television, rather than online, which is much harder to measure and wouldn’t mesh with his prospective audience of mostly older viewers. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "Trump could launch his own Fox News competitor, but it won’t be easy," 9 Nov. 2020 An offensive lineman who would make sense: Stanford center Drew Dalman, projected as a mid-round pick, was a three-year starter and first-team All-Pac 12 pick last year whose athleticism would mesh well with Shanahan’s scheme. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, "49ers solved their biggest O-line issue, but roster depth may be addressed in draft," 26 Apr. 2021

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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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