1. any knit, woven, or knotted fabric of open texture.
  2. an interwoven or intertwined structure; network.
  3. any arrangement of interlocking metal links or wires with evenly spaced, uniform small openings between, as used in jewelry or sieves.
  4. one of the open spaces between the cords or ropes of a net.
  5. meshes,
    1. the threads that bind such spaces.
    2. the means of catching or holding fast: to be caught in the meshes of the law.
  6. Machinery. the engagement of gear teeth.
  7. Electricity. a set of branches that forms a closed path in a network so that removal of a branch results in an open path.
  8. 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)

  1. to catch or entangle in or as if in a net; enmesh.
  2. to form with meshes, as a net.
  3. Machinery. to engage, as gear teeth.
  4. to cause to match, coordinate, or interlock: They tried to mesh their vacation plans.

verb (used without object)

  1. to become enmeshed.
  2. Machinery. to become or be engaged, as the teeth of one gear with those of another.
  3. to match, coordinate, or interlock: The two versions of the story don’t mesh.


  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 netthe mesh of the secret police
  5. the engagement of teeth on interacting gearwheelsthe 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


  1. to entangle or become entangled
  2. (of gear teeth) to engage or cause to engage
  3. (intr often foll by with) to coordinate (with)to mesh with a policy
  4. to work or cause to work in harmony

n.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”). v.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.

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