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”).
mesh (plural meshes)
- A structure made of connected strands of metal, fiber, or other flexible/ductile material, with evenly spaced openings between them.
- c. 1596–1598, William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, scene ii]:
- a golden mesh to entrap the hearts of men
- The opening or space enclosed by the threads of a net between knot and knot, or the threads enclosing such a space.
- The engagement of the teeth of wheels, or of a wheel and rack.
- 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.
- (computer graphics) A polygon mesh.
- (transitive, intransitive) To connect together by interlocking, as gears do.
- (intransitive, figurative, by extension) To fit in; to come together harmoniously.
- The music meshed well with the visuals in that film.
- (transitive) To catch in a mesh.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Surrey to this entry?)