AskDefine | Define mesh

Dictionary Definition



1 the number of opening per inch of a screen; measures size of particles; "a 100 mesh screen"; "100 mesh powdered cellulose"
2 contact by fitting together; "the engagement of the clutch"; "the meshing of gears" [syn: engagement, meshing, interlocking]
3 the topology of a network whose components are all connected directly to every other component [syn: mesh topology]
4 an open fabric of string or rope or wire woven together at regular intervals [syn: net, network, meshing, meshwork]
5 the act of interlocking or meshing; "an interlocking of arms by the police held the crowd in check" [syn: meshing, interlock, interlocking]


1 keep engaged; "engaged the gears" [syn: engage, lock, operate] [ant: disengage]
2 coordinate in such a way that all parts work together effectively [syn: interlock]
3 work together in harmony
4 entangle or catch in (or as if in) a mesh [syn: enmesh, ensnarl]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. The opening or space enclosed by the threads of a net between knot and knot, or the threads enclosing such a space.
  2. The engagement of the teeth of wheels, or of a wheel and rack.


Derived terms



  1. to fit in, to come together


Extensive Definition

A mesh is a flat, semi-permeable barrier made of connected strands of metal, fiber, or other flexible/ductile material. Mesh is similar to fabric or web in that it has many attached or woven strands. In clothing, a mesh is often defined as a loosely woven fabric that has a large number of closely-spaced holes, frequently used for modern sports jerseys and other clothing.

Types of mesh

Uses of meshes

  • Meshes are often used to screen out unwanted things, such as insects. Wire screens on windows and mosquito netting can be considered as types of meshes.
  • Wire screens can be used to shield against radio frequency radiation, e.g. in microwave ovens and Faraday cages.
  • On a larger scale, in terms of the spaces in between, chicken wire and chain-link fences can also be considered a type of mesh.
  • Metal and nylon wire mesh filters are used in water filtration, and making of beverages such as coffee.
  • Wire mesh is used in guarding for secure areas and as protection in the form of vandal screens.
  • Wire mesh can be fabricated to produce park benches, waste baskets and other baskets for material handling.
  • Wire mesh is the separation medium in vibratory screening units.

See also

External links Gerard Daniel Worldwide - Manufacturer and Distributor of Wire Mesh
mesh in German: Masche
mesh in Esperanto: Maŝo
mesh in Polish: Ażur Building mesh - Manufacturer and Export of Wire Mesh
mesh in German: Masche
mesh in Esperanto: Maŝo
mesh in Polish: Ażur

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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