from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of the open spaces in a net or network; an interstice.
  • n. The cords, threads, or wires surrounding these spaces. Often used in the plural.
  • n. An openwork fabric or structure; a net or network: a screen made of wire mesh.
  • n. Something that snares or entraps. Often used in the plural: "Arabia had become entangled in the meshes of . . . politics” ( W. Montgomery Watt).
  • n. The engagement of gear teeth.
  • n. The state of being so engaged: gear teeth in mesh.
  • transitive v. To catch in or as if in a net; ensnare.
  • transitive v. To cause (gear teeth) to become engaged.
  • transitive v. To cause to work closely together; coordinate.
  • intransitive v. To become entangled.
  • intransitive v. To become engaged or interlocked: gears that are not meshing properly.
  • intransitive v. To fit together effectively; be coordinated.
  • intransitive v. To accord with another or each other; harmonize.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A structure made of connected strands of metal, fiber, or other flexible/ductile material, with evenly spaced openings between them.
  • n. The opening or space enclosed by the threads of a net between knot and knot, or the threads enclosing such a space.
  • n. The engagement of the teeth of wheels, or of a wheel and rack.
  • n. A polygon mesh.
  • n. 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.
  • v. to fit in, to come together

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The opening or space inclosed by the threads of a net between knot and knot, or the threads inclosing such a space; network; a net.
  • n. The engagement of the teeth of wheels, or of a wheel and rack.
  • intransitive v. To engage with each other, as the teeth of wheels.
  • transitive v. To catch in a mesh.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make in meshes; form the meshes of.
  • To catch in a net, as fish; hence, to entangle; entrap in meshes.
  • To engage (the teeth of wheels or the teeth of a rack and pinion) with each other.
  • To make meshes or nets.
  • To become engaged, as the teeth of one wheel with those of another.
  • An obsolete or dialectal form of mash.
  • n. One of the clear spaces of a net or netting; an opening in network of a size determined by the distance apart of the knots by which the crossing twines or threads are united; also, a clear space between the threads or wires of a sieve.
  • n. Figuratively, network; means of entanglement; anything that serves to entangle or constrain: often in the plural: as, the meshes of the law.
  • n. plural In lace and similar fabrics, the whole background, often formed of threads very irregularly spaced.
  • n. In machinery, the engagement of the teeth of gearing : as, the mesh of a toothed wheel with the teeth of a rack or with the cogs of another wheel.
  • n. A tool used in embroidery, knitting, etc., for the production of stitching of regular size, and sometimes having a groove to guide the scissors.
  • n. One of the subdivisons of a head or ear of wheat; a wheat spikelet.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. contact by fitting together
  • v. coordinate in such a way that all parts work together effectively
  • n. the topology of a network whose components are all connected directly to every other component
  • v. entangle or catch in (or as if in) a mesh
  • v. keep engaged
  • n. the act of interlocking or meshing
  • n. the number of openings per linear inch of a screen; measures size of particles
  • v. work together in harmony
  • n. an open fabric of string or rope or wire woven together at regular intervals


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English mesch, probably from Middle Dutch maesche.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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



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  • "Of the total screen time, simultaneous use with TV is taking place around a third of the time. Millward Brown then breaks down simultaneous time into two categories: “stacking,” or using a digital screen for matters unrelated to the television, and “meshing,” which means using the second screen to enhance the TV experience. Those who stack tend to be filling time during ad breaks or watching TV somewhat halfheartedly. Those who mesh are mostly looking for more information or engaging in social media chatter about a show. Millward Brown says Americans are most likely to stack, while viewers in Thailand, the Philippines and South Korea are most likely to mesh.

    - Will Palley, Why TV viewers 'stack' or 'mesh' digital devices, JWT Intelligence, 21 March 2014.

    March 21, 2014

  • ...beard meshed tight with

    silver cobwebs...

    - Peter Reading, Nocturne, from The Prison Cell and Barrel Mystery, 1976

    June 23, 2008