Definition of mesh in English:

mesh

noun

  • 1Material made of a network of wire or thread.

    ‘mesh for fishing nets’
    ‘finer wire meshes are used for smaller particles’
    • ‘The birds got into the roof through air vents, which have now been covered with wire mesh to stop the problem recurring.’
    • ‘TV cameras are set up and passers - by use the spot to stand, sneak pictures or tie flowers to the wire mesh fence.’
    • ‘To cut down on debris, you may want to cover your gutters with wire or plastic mesh.’
    • ‘Using wire mesh culverts may be an inexpensive and efficient way to allow water flow through such materials.’
    • ‘It's made of metal, polyvinyl chloride pipe, wire mesh netting, and wood.’
    • ‘Parts are loaded on a chain driven, stainless steel turntable with a quick-draining round wire mesh basket that rotates at fixed speed.’
    • ‘Such muscle buildup also occurs with use of a stent - a small wire mesh tube inserted after angioplasty to keep the artery clear.’
    • ‘Place a piece of wire screen mesh (hardware cloth) over the open top of this can.’
    • ‘Protect tree trunks from rodents with wire mesh guards.’
    • ‘If you are bothered by deer, rabbits or even cats, protect the bark with either some wire mesh fencing or a spiral tree guard that wraps around the trunk.’
    • ‘Both sides were closed off by large, steel mesh fences with barbed wire at the top, curling around the top support pole in a disarranged, uninviting pattern.’
    • ‘The city turned the light sculpture off and pondered whether to protect the sculpture with some kind of plastic or wire mesh covering.’
    • ‘This is not surprising when detainees are held in wire mesh cages measuring 9ft by 8ft and each prisoner is allowed only one hour outside his cell each week.’
    • ‘Valerian turned the wire mesh ball over in her hands as she thought back through her sister's letters.’
    • ‘They have been ordered to fence off the funfair from the hazardous buildings with a two metre high wire mesh fence.’
    • ‘The 30 ft long wire mesh fence - similar to those used at tennis courts - is a last-ditch attempt to end more than five years of harassment from a gang of youths.’
    • ‘Curved, patchy sails of silk, canvas and mesh, attached by wire to metal frameworks, project in numerous directions.’
    • ‘Two months in advance a burlap and wire mesh girdle was installed, and the final digging to ready the tree was completed a few days before movement.’
    • ‘Add wire mesh inside the fence for containment of pets or children.’
    • ‘Activist documents gave detailed instructions on how to cut through the toughest of wire mesh fences.’
    netting, net, network, tracery, reticulation
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    1. 1.1 The spacing between the individual strands that form mesh.
      ‘if the mesh is too big, small rabbits can squeeze through’
      • ‘It had a very fine mesh, and only certain students could get through the holes.’
      • ‘We have accepted bigger mesh sizes to allow fish to escape.’
      • ‘The Bird Castle offers protection to smaller birds which can enter through the two-inch mesh, but the holes are small enough to keep out cats or birds of prey like kestrels.’
      • ‘Irish fishermen have been showing commitment to conservation and been using bigger mesh sizes to allow smaller fish to escape.’
      • ‘Particles can stick to collagen fibrils or they can be hindered by the size of the mesh spacing between the fibrils.’
      • ‘When the net is close to the shore the men pull quickly to land the bag of the net, which traps the fish in its 4-inch mesh.’
      netting, net, network, tracery, reticulation
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  • 2An interlaced structure.

    ‘cell fragments that agglutinate and form intricate meshes’
    • ‘The first and more predominant structure was a mesh of filaments measuring 10 to 15 nm in diameter, which is typical of amyloid.’
    • ‘The floor was a mesh of metal grids that were uncomfortable to stand on.’
    • ‘Against a mesh of scaffolding and discarded signs, a man in dusted Army and Navy store clothing and work boots starts brushing the stage.’
    • ‘A mesh of interlacing and perfectly complementary influences, music very rarely sounds this good.’
    • ‘The back was a swirling mesh of bronze pipes, encasing deep red gems in random locations as well.’
    • ‘He uses the mesh of the jungle screen to play on our fears of the unknown and the pitiless savagery that is the reality of nature.’
    • ‘It is quickly becoming nothing more than a mesh of housing estates and a street lined with discount retailers, takeaways and empty shops.’
    • ‘The nest is woven from growing or fresh grass; as the materials dry, they shrink and strengthen the mesh of the woven structure.’
    • ‘From my vantage point I had a full view as he entered the room and began constructing a complex mesh of bent wire and mirrors from pieces in a paper bag.’
    • ‘Her tree house sank beneath the mesh of tree branches her roof funneled through and if she wished, she mounted a ladder to the top and bathed unsheltered in the sun's radiance.’
    • ‘Through the mesh of the floor the lizard gazed down at the passers-by.’
    1. 2.1[in singular] Used with reference to a complex or constricting situation.
      ‘the raveled mesh of events and her own emotions’
      • ‘Instead, a mesh of state, federal, and common law applies to different parts of the economy.’
      • ‘Otto's family history is one of a strange mesh of latently incestuous relationships.’
      • ‘Her book is a mesh of biography and a wider history of the geisha.’
      • ‘Together, they are caught in a mesh of crosses and double-crosses like a shoal of herring thrashing around in a net.’
      • ‘Jain gives us interesting figures of these family structures that show the mesh of power equations at a glance.’
      • ‘First, it is in setting up such a wonderfully constructed and complex mesh of relationships among the inhabitants of his fictional village, and then never introducing conflict between them.’
      • ‘The most egregious of these is the tendency, exemplified by Norm and Omar, to abstract a situation from the mesh of geopolitical considerations in which it is embedded and reduce it to a stark moral question.’
      entanglement, net, tangle, web, snare, trap
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    2. 2.2Computing A representation of a given shape or form, consisting of an arrangement of a finite set of geometric components.
      • ‘A grid of 101x55 has been used as the finite element mesh for the selected section.’
      • ‘The finite element mesh subdivides the geometry into elements, upon which are found nodes.’
      • ‘The shown numerical solutions were for meshes with 1100 elements.’
      • ‘A typical finite element mesh retrieved by the software is shown in Figure 3.’
    3. 2.3Computing A computer network in which each computer or processor is connected to a number of others, especially so as to form a multidimensional lattice.
      • ‘In this model, a customer would pay a subscription to a service provider who would in turn pay the mesh network provider in the area involved.’
      • ‘Through a process called Border Discovery, a mesh network can find more efficient paths to remote resources.’
      • ‘On the face of it, the mesh network could grow instantly.’
      • ‘The number of tunnels needed to support a fully meshed IPSec network geometrically increases with the number of sites.’
      • ‘Add a little mesh networking as described last week, and the number of people served could be increased by an order of magnitude.’
      • ‘But a wireless mesh network doesn't have these access barriers.’
      • ‘Site Match is a new paid inclusion program which meshes the Alta, Ink, and Universal Web paid inclusion programs.’

verb

  • 1[no object] (of the teeth of a gearwheel) lock together or be engaged with another gearwheel.

    ‘one gear meshes with the input gear’
    • ‘The output pinion of the traverse gearbox meshes with the gear rack segment attached to the carriage body, providing 800 mils of traverse.’
    • ‘The damn things weren't meshing properly when the screw was under load.’
    • ‘A pressure release button releases meshed teeth between a lock bar and a stabilizer bar.’
    • ‘I think I am fairly easy-going and prepared to like nearly everyone, but in a minority of cases the gears simply wouldn't mesh, and this looked like being one of those cases.’
    • ‘Knowing each other helps all the ‘parts’ of the crew work closely together, meshing like the gears of a clock.’
    • ‘That gear meshes with three planet gears which in turn drive a second sun gear attached to the pinion shaft.’
    • ‘But one may fairly wonder if the gears mesh so neatly.’
    • ‘The gears meshed and the result was a very productive week for Mr. Hillier as he started with the first of three paydays on the week.’
    • ‘The patent then goes on to the patentee's special idea of an additional ‘oil pulley’ which meshes with a special extra set of teeth on the other side of the timing belt.’
    engage, be engaged, mate, connect, lock, interlock
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    1. 1.1 Make or become entangled or entwined.
      [no object] ‘their fingers meshed’
      [with object] ‘I don't want to get meshed in the weeds’
      • ‘This is important because when evaluating a pulley system, for instance, the cables should be meshed as beam elements and the pulleys as bricks.’
      • ‘He could almost feel her warmth as he imagined her leaning against his body, her delicate frame meshing with his flawlessly, and his heart beating with hers - in time.’
      entangle, enmesh, ensnare, snare, net, trap, entrap, catch
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    2. 1.2 Be in or bring into harmony.
      [no object] ‘her memory of events doesn't mesh with the world around her’
      • ‘The broad themes of these narratives mesh with those in the sections on contemporary Africa and the Diaspora.’
      • ‘For some reason it doesn't mesh with the rest of the diction and seems strange and inappropriately vulgar.’
      • ‘It's disheartening that the Prime Minister's thoughts don't necessarily mesh with her political reality.’
      • ‘He suggested consumers will demand safety, security and convenience in the products they buy to mesh with their life-style.’
      • ‘But over the years, one man's cattle raider has become another man's freedom fighter, and the Rob Roy story has been skewed to mesh with the rise of Scottish nationalism.’
      • ‘But government funding methods don't always mesh with real world expectations.’
      • ‘As one of his central tenets of urbanism seems to be that buildings should meet the street, how does that mesh with pedestrian plazas to fend off vehicular access?’
      • ‘Trusting in the mystery that will lead me to whatever books will mesh with my current (non-academic) learning needs.’
      • ‘In Harrison's view, it is important for the disadvantaged children to mesh with the ‘regular’ children.’
      • ‘As important as it has been for Jordan to mesh with his teammates, it has been equally important that Jordan has meshed with his coach.’
      • ‘They also will work with the annual budget so proposals mesh with agency policy objectives and plans.’
      • ‘And it's a real problem when people with diabetes are trying to give insulin that they're trying to mesh with the food.’
      • ‘Whether you're the new girl or just expanding your friendship circle, it's hard to mesh with a new crew.’
      • ‘For Woodland, this just doesn't mesh with the way the military handles and disposes radioactive waste.’
      • ‘She believes that such a facility would mesh with the Skytrain and promote transit use for those living in outlying areas.’
      • ‘After I met with him, it was clear that his personality didn't entirely mesh with his line of work.’
      • ‘Steve is looking back and imposing a view that doesn't mesh with the facts.’
      • ‘But the Celtic tiger baffles them: contemporary Ireland refuses to mesh with their dreams and folk memories.’
      • ‘Tax cuts and benefit increases are cynically jiggered to mesh with an increasingly mythical congressional budget plan.’
      • ‘He answers by imagining how our liberated civilization will mesh with the genetic revolution.’
      harmonize, fit together, go together, coordinate, match, be on the same wavelength, dovetail
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  • 2[with object] Represent (a geometric object) as a set of finite elements for computational analysis or modeling.

    • ‘The geometry is meshed with a mapping algorithm or an automatic free-meshing algorithm.’

Phrases

  • in mesh

    • (of the teeth of gearwheels) engaged.

      • ‘Said rotating gearwheels have regions, which are axially separated from one another and are in mesh in each case with one of the two adjusting gearwheels.’
      • ‘The teeth on a gearwheel are of course never a precise fit in the troughs defined between the teeth of a gearwheel with which it is in mesh, since this would render rotation of the two gearwheels impossible.’
      • ‘The first and the end gearwheels 141 and 145 are in mesh with the motor pinion.’

Origin

Late Middle English: probably from an unrecorded Old English word related to (and perhaps reinforced in Middle English by) Middle Dutch maesche, of Germanic origin.

Pronunciation:

mesh

/meSH/