mesh / mesh/ • n. 1. material made of a network of wire or thread: mesh for fishing nets | finer wire meshes are used for smaller particles. ∎ the spacing of the strands of such material: if the mesh is too big, small rabbits can squeeze through. 2. an interlaced structure: cell fragments that agglutinate and form intricate meshes. ∎ [in sing.] fig. used with reference to a complex or constricting situation: the raveled mesh of events and her own emotions. ∎ Comput. a set of finite elements used to represent a geometric object for modeling or analysis. ∎ Comput. a computer network in which each computer or processor is connected to a number of others, esp. as an n-dimensional lattice. • v. 1. [intr.] (of the teeth of a gearwheel) lock together or be engaged with another gearwheel: one gear meshes with the input gear. ∎ make or become entangled or entwined: [intr.] their fingers meshed | [tr.] I don't want to get meshed in the weeds. ∎ fig. be in or bring into harmony: [intr.] her memory of events doesn't mesh with the world around her. 2. [tr.] represent (a geometric object) as a set of finite elements for computational analysis or modeling. PHRASES: in mesh (of the teeth of gearwheels) engaged.DERIVATIVES: meshed adj. mesh·y adj.