- The definition of mesh is screen or netting, or the holes that form these materials.
- An example of mesh is a window screen.
- An example of mesh is fishnet stockings.
- Mesh is defined as to entangle, or to work closely together.
- An example of mesh is a fishing line getting caught in a net.
- An example of mesh is two coworkers who work well together.
- any of the open spaces of a net, screen, sieve, etc.: a 50-mesh screen is one with 50 such open spaces per linear inch
- the threads, cords, etc. forming these openings
- a net or network
- a netlike, woven material, as that used for stockings
- a structure of interlocking metal links
- anything that entangles, snares, or entraps
- the engagement of the teeth of gears
Origin of meshearlier meash, probably ; from Middle Dutch maesche ; from Old Dutch maske ; from Indo-European base an unverified form mezg-, to knit, entwine from source Lithuanian mezgù, to knit together, Old English max, a net
- to entangle or become entangled
- ☆ to engage or become engaged: said of gears or gear teeth
- to fit closely together; interlock
- a. Any of the open spaces in a net or network; an interstice.b. often meshes The cords, threads, or wires surrounding these spaces.
- An openwork fabric or structure; a net or network: a screen made of wire mesh.
- often meshes Something that snares or entraps: “Arabia had become entangled in the meshes of &ellipsis; politics” (W. Montgomery Watt).
- a. The engagement of gear teeth.b. The state of being so engaged: gear teeth in mesh.
verbmeshed, mesh·ing, mesh·es
- To catch in or as if in a net; ensnare.
- To cause (gear teeth) to become engaged.
- To cause to work closely together; coordinate.
- To become entangled.
- To become engaged or interlocked: gears that are not meshing properly.
- a. To fit together effectively; be coordinated.b. To accord with another or each other; harmonize.
Origin of meshMiddle English mesch, probably from Middle Dutch maesche.
- A structure made of connected strands of metal, fiber, or other flexible/ductile material, with evenly spaced openings between them.
- The opening or space enclosed by the threads of a net between knot and knot, or the threads enclosing such a space.
- The engagement of the teeth of wheels, or of a wheel and rack.
- A measure of fineness (particle size) of ground material. A powder that passes through a sieve having 300 openings per linear inch but does not pass 400 openings per linear inch is said to be -300 +400 mesh.
- (computer graphics) A polygon mesh.
(third-person singular simple present meshes, present participle meshing, simple past and past participle meshed)
- To fit in, to come together.
- The music meshed well with the visuals in that film.
- To catch in a mesh.
Middle English mesche, from Old English masc (“net”) (perhaps influenced in form by related Old English mæscre (“mesh, spot”)) both from Proto-Germanic *maskrǭ, from Proto-Indo-European *mezg- (“to knit, twist, plait”). Akin to Old High German māsca (“mesh”), Old Saxon maska (“net”), Old Norse mǫskvi, mǫskun (“mesh”).