mesh

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
  1. noun
    an open fabric of string or rope or wire woven together at regular intervals
    synonyms: 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
    hairnet
    a small net that some women wear over their hair to keep it in place
    reseau
    a net or mesh foundation for lace
    safety net
    a large strong net to catch circus acrobats who fall or jump from a trapeze
    save-all
    a net hung between ship and pier while loading a ship
    snood
    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
    tulle
    a fine (often starched) net used for veils or tutus or gowns
    grillwork, wirework
    mesh netting made of wires
    cheesecloth
    a coarse loosely woven cotton gauze; originally used to wrap cheeses
    gossamer
    a gauze fabric with an extremely fine texture
    type of:
    cloth, fabric, material, textile
    artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers
  2. noun
    the topology of a network whose components are all connected directly to every other component
    synonyms: mesh topology
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    network topology, topology
    the configuration of a communication network
  3. noun
    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
  4. noun
    contact by fitting together
    synonyms: engagement, interlocking, meshing
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    contact, impinging, striking
    the physical coming together of two or more things
  5. noun
    the act of interlocking or meshing
    synonyms: interlock, interlocking, meshing
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    catch, grab, snap, snatch
    the act of catching an object with the hands
  6. verb
    work together in harmony
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    relate
    have or establish a relationship to
  7. verb
    coordinate in such a way that all parts work together effectively
    synonyms: interlock
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    coordinate, organise, organize
    bring order and organization to
  8. verb
    keep engaged
    synonyms: engage, lock, operate
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    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
    ride
    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
  9. verb
    entangle or catch in (or as if in) a mesh
    synonyms: enmesh, ensnarl
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    entangle, mat, snarl, tangle
    twist together or entwine into a confusing mass
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