mesh [mesh] /mɛʃ/ Show IPA
any knit, woven, or knotted fabric of open texture.
an interwoven or intertwined structure; network.
any arrangement of interlocking metal links or wires with evenly spaced, uniform small openings between, as used in jewelry or sieves.
one of the open spaces between the cords or ropes of a net.
the threads that bind such spaces.
the means of catching or holding fast:
to be caught in the meshes of the law.
Machinery. the engagement of gear teeth.
Electricity. a set of branches that forms a closed path in a network so that removal of a branch results in an open path.
a designation of a given fineness of powder used in powder metallurgy in terms of the number of the finest screen through which almost all the particles will pass:
This powder is 200 mesh.
verb (used with object)
to catch or entangle in or as if in a net; enmesh
to form with meshes, as a net.
Machinery. to engage, as gear teeth.
to cause to match, coordinate, or interlock:
They tried to mesh their vacation plans.
verb (used without object)
Machinery. to become or be engaged, as the teeth of one gear with those of another.
to match, coordinate, or interlock:
The two versions of the story don't mesh.
1375–1425; late Middle English mesch, apparently continuing Old English masc, max; akin to Old High German māsca, Middle Dutch maesche
intermesh, verb (used without object)
unmesh, verb (used with object)
2. web, netting, grill, screen, grid.