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[mesh] /mɛʃ/
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.
  1. the threads that bind such spaces.
  2. 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.
Metallurgy. 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)
to become enmeshed.
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.
Origin of mesh
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English mesch, apparently continuing Old English masc, max; akin to Old High German māsca, Middle Dutch maesche
Related forms
intermesh, verb (used without object)
mismesh, verb
unmesh, verb (used with object)
2. web, netting, grill, screen, grid. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for mesh
  • Sometimes he was able to scoop up a sleeping bat using a net made with thin mesh.
  • There will be technical barriers doing this: cell phones can't have enough power for a mesh network.
  • The tower is wrapped in a steel frame that contains stainless steel mesh within.
  • Drug-coated stents are wire mesh tubes coated with drugs that are inserted in clogged arteries to keep them open.
  • mesh networking allows large areas to be blanketed with wireless coverage quickly and inexpensively.
  • Wire mesh covers the ceiling to prevent big pieces from falling into the roadways or hitting miners.
  • Center the large pot atop the steel mesh and slide it down the tubing until it sits firmly on the mesh.
  • The rubber mesh made the calf sleeves a bit tough to put on, though, and it's starting to peel up on one of the sleeves.
  • One group was placed inside a fine mesh that kept out cercariae.
  • We reached into the slimy net, flipped it inside out and dumped the contents onto a mesh screen.
British Dictionary definitions for mesh


a network; net
an open space between the strands of a network
(often pl) the strands surrounding these spaces
anything that ensnares, or holds like a net: the mesh of the secret police
the engagement of teeth on interacting gearwheels: the gears are in mesh
a measure of spacing of the strands of a mesh or grid, expressed as the distance between strands for coarse meshes or a number of strands per unit length for fine meshes
to entangle or become entangled
(of gear teeth) to engage or cause to engage
(intransitive) often foll by with. to coordinate (with): to mesh with a policy
to work or cause to work in harmony
Derived Forms
meshy, adjective
Word Origin
C16: probably from Dutch maesche; related to Old English masc, Old High German masca
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Word Origin and History for mesh

late 14c., mesche, "open space in a net," probably from late Old English max "net," earlier mæscre, from Proto-Germanic *mask- (cf. Old Norse möskvi, Danish maske, Swedish maska, Old Saxon masca, Middle Dutch maessce, Dutch maas "mesh," Old High German masca, German Masche "mesh"), from PIE root *mezg- "to knit, plait, twist" (cf. Lithuanian mezgu "to knit," mazgas "knot").


1530s, originally in the figurative sense of "entangle, involve," from mesh (n.). Literal sense "to become enmeshed" is from 1580s. Meaning "to fit in, combine" is from 1944. Related: Meshed; meshing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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mesh in Technology

The INTERCAL name for hash.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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