Use the word mesh for fabric made of loosely woven fibers. A butterfly net is made of mesh, and so is a window screen.

Some mesh is made from string or fabric, like a fishing net or a mesh sports jersey, while other mesh is metal or plastic, like a tea strainer. In either case, it's woven loosely enough that there are small holes throughout its surface. Another meaning of mesh is "harmonize" or "work well together." In the fourteenth century, it was spelled mesche, and it meant "open space in a net," from the Old English word for net, max.

Definitions of mesh

n an open fabric of string or rope or wire woven together at regular intervals

meshing, meshwork, net, network
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chicken wire
a galvanized wire network with a hexagonal mesh; used to build fences
gauze, netting, veiling
a net of transparent fabric with a loose open weave
a small net that some women wear over their hair to keep it in place
a net or mesh foundation for lace
safety net
a large strong net to catch circus acrobats who fall or jump from a trapeze
a net hung between ship and pier while loading a ship
an ornamental net in the shape of a bag that confines a woman's hair; pins or ties at the back of the head
spark arrester, sparker
a wire net to stop sparks from an open fireplace or smokestack
a fine (often starched) net used for veils or tutus or gowns
grillwork, wirework
mesh netting made of wires
a coarse loosely woven cotton gauze; originally used to wrap cheeses
a gauze fabric with an extremely fine texture
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cloth, fabric, material, textile
artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers

n the topology of a network whose components are all connected directly to every other component

mesh topology
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network topology, topology
the configuration of a communication network

n the number of openings per linear inch of a screen; measures size of particles

“a 100 mesh screen”
“100 mesh powdered cellulose”
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linear measure, linear unit
a unit of measurement of length

n contact by fitting together

engagement, interlocking, meshing
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contact, impinging, striking
the physical coming together of two or more things

n the act of interlocking or meshing

interlock, interlocking, meshing
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catch, grab, snap, snatch
the act of catching an object with the hands

v work together in harmony

Type of:
have or establish a relationship to

v coordinate in such a way that all parts work together effectively

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coordinate, organise, organize
bring order and organization to

v keep engaged

engage, lock, operate
disengage, withdraw
release from something that holds fast, connects, or entangles
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flip, switch, throw
cause to go on or to be engaged or set in operation
keep partially engaged by slightly depressing a pedal with the foot
switch on, turn on
cause to operate by flipping a switch
cut, switch off, turn off, turn out
cause to stop operating by disengaging a switch
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displace, move
cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

v entangle or catch in (or as if in) a mesh

enmesh, ensnarl
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entangle, mat, snarl, tangle
twist together or entwine into a confusing mass

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