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From Middle English mesche, from Old English masc (net) (perhaps influenced in form by related Old English mæscre (mesh, spot)) both from Proto-Germanic *maskrǭ, *maskwǭ, 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).


  • IPA(key): /mɛʃ/
  • Rhymes: -ɛʃ
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mesh (plural meshes)

  1. A structure made of connected strands of metal, fibre, or other flexible/ductile material, with evenly spaced openings between them.
  2. The opening or space enclosed by the threads of a net between knot and knot, or the threads enclosing such a space.
  3. The engagement of the teeth of wheels, or of a wheel and rack.
  4. 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.
  5. (computer graphics) A polygon mesh.


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mesh (third-person singular simple present meshes, present participle meshing, simple past and past participle meshed)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To connect together by interlocking, as gears do.
  2. (intransitive, figuratively, by extension) To fit in; to come together harmoniously.
    The music meshed well with the visuals in that film.
  3. (transitive) To catch in a mesh.
    • a. 1547, Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, "Description of the fickle affections, pangs, and slights of love"
      I know how loue doth rage vpon a yelding minde:
      How smal a net may take and meash a hart of gentle kinde