One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1with object To disentangle (literal and figurative).
2with object To undo the meshes of (a net).
3with object To remove or empty out (fish) from the meshes of a net. Also occasionally without object. Compare "mesh".
4no object Of the teeth of a cog, a gear, etc.: to disengage.
5with object To cause (a gear, cog, etc.) to become disengaged.
Mid 19th century. From un- + mesh. Compare earlier unmeshed.
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