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.
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.

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)
mismesh, verb
unmesh, verb (used with object)

2. web, netting, grill, screen, grid. Unabridged
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mesh (mɛʃ)
1.  a network; net
2.  an open space between the strands of a network
3.  (often plural) the strands surrounding these spaces
4.  anything that ensnares, or holds like a net: the mesh of the secret police
5.  the engagement of teeth on interacting gearwheels: the gears are in mesh
6.  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
vb (often foll by with)
7.  to entangle or become entangled
8.  (of gear teeth) to engage or cause to engage
9.  to coordinate (with): to mesh with a policy
10.  to work or cause to work in harmony
[C16: probably from Dutch maesche; related to Old English masc, Old High German masca]

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Word Origin & History

1540, "open space in a net," perhaps from some dial. survival of O.E. max "net," or from its cognates, M.Du. maessce, Du. maas, from P.Gmc. *mask- (cf. O.N. möskvi, Dan. maske, Swed. maska, O.H.G. masca, Ger. masche "mesh"), from PIE base *mezg- "to knit, plait, twist" (cf. Lith. mezgu "to knit,"
mazgas "knot"). The verb is first recorded 1532, in the fig. sense of "to entangle."
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Example sentences
In between a gear meshes with the petals of a flower.
Neither system meshes directly with all the demographic data marketers gathered about neighborhoods in the offline world.
In some respects, his libertarian outlook meshes with the antigovernmental conservatism of the late twentieth century.
In its meshes, in the nodules and cords of lymphoid tissue, are closely packed lymph corpuscles.
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