Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Mesh (mĕsh) noun [ Anglo-Saxon masc , max , mæscre ; akin to Dutch maas , masche , Old High German masca , Icelandic möskvi ; confer Lithuanian mazgas a knot, megsti to weave nets, to knot.]
1. The opening or space inclosed by the threads of a net between knot and knot, or the threads inclosing such a space; network; a net.

A golden mesh to entrap the hearts of men.
Shak.

2. (Gearing) The engagement of the teeth of wheels, or of a wheel and rack.

Mesh stick , a stick on which the mesh is formed in netting.

Mesh transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Meshed ; present participle & verbal noun Meshing .] To catch in a mesh. Surrey.

Mesh intransitive verb (Gearing) To engage with each other, as the teeth of wheels.

Meshed adjective Mashed; brewed. [ Obsolete] Shak.

Meshy adjective Formed with meshes; netted.

Mesiad adverb [ Greek me`sos middle + Latin ad to.] (Anat.) Toward, or on the side toward, the mesial plane; mesially; -- opposed to laterad .

Mesial adjective [ Greek me`sos middle.] (Anat.) Middle; median; in, or in the region of, the mesial plane; internal; -- opposed to lateral .

Mesial plane . (Anat.) See Meson .

Mesially adverb (Anat.) In, near, or toward, the mesial plane; mesiad.

Mesityl noun (Chemistry) A hypothetical radical formerly supposed to exist in mesityl oxide.

Mesityl oxide (Chemistry) , a volatile liquid having the odor of peppermint, obtained by certain dehydrating agents from acetone; -- formerly called also dumasin .

Mesitylenate noun (Chemistry) A salt of mesitylenic acid.

Mesitylene noun (Chemistry) A colorless, fragrant liquid, C 6 H 3 (CH 3 ) 3 , of the benzene series of hydrocarbons, obtained by distilling acetone with sulphuric acid. -- Me*sit`y*len"ic adjective

Mesitylol noun [ Mesityl ene + -ol .] (Chemistry) A crystalline substance obtained from mesitylene.

Meslin noun See Maslin .

Mesmeree noun A person subjected to mesmeric influence; one who is mesmerized. [ R.]

Mesmeric, Mesmerical adjective [ Confer French mesmérique .] Of, pertaining to, or induced by, mesmerism; as, mesmeric sleep.

Mesmerism noun [ From Mesmer , who first brought it into notice at Vienna, about 1775: confer French mesmérisme .] The art of inducing an extraordinary or abnormal state of the nervous system, in which the actor claims to control the actions, and communicate directly with the mind, of the recipient. See Animal magnetism , under Magnetism .

Mesmerist noun One who practices, or believes in, mesmerism.

Mesmerization noun The act of mesmerizing; the state of being mesmerized.

Mesmerize transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Mesmerized ; present participle & verbal noun Mesmerizing .] To bring into a state of mesmeric sleep.

Mesmerizer noun One who mesmerizes.

Mesne adjective [ Confer Mean intermediate.] (Law) Middle; intervening; as, a mesne lord, that is, a lord who holds land of a superior, but grants a part of it to another person, in which case he is a tenant to the superior, but lord or superior to the second grantee, and hence is called the mesne lord.

Mesne process , intermediate process; process intervening between the beginning and end of a suit, sometimes understood to be the whole process preceding the execution. Blackstone. Burrill. -- Mesne profits , profits of premises during the time the owner has been wrongfully kept out of the possession of his estate. Burrill.

Meso-, Mes- [ Greek me`sos in the middle.] A combining form denoting in the middle , intermediate ; specif. (Chemistry) , denoting a type of hydrocarbons which are regarded as methenyl derivatives . Also used adjectively.

Mesoarium noun [ New Latin , from Greek me`sos middle + 'w,a`rion , dim. of 'w,o`n an egg.] (Anat.) The fold of peritoneum which suspends the ovary from the dorsal wall of the body cavity.

Mesoblast noun [ Meso- + -blast .] (Biol.) (a) The mesoderm. (b) The cell nucleus; mesoplast.

Mesoblastic adjective (Biol.) Relating to the mesoblast; as, the mesoblastic layer.

Mesobranchial adjective [ Meso- + branchial .] (Zoology) Of or pertaining to a region of the carapace of a crab covering the middle branchial region.

Mesobronchium noun ; plural Mesobronchia . [ New Latin See Meso- , and Bronchia .] (Anat.) The main bronchus of each lung.

Mesocœle Mes`o*cœ"li*a noun [ New Latin mesocoelia . See Meso- , and Cœlia .] (Anat.) The cavity of the mesencephalon; the iter.

Mesocarp noun [ Meso- + Greek karpo`s fruit.] (Botany) The middle layer of a pericarp which consists of three distinct or dissimilar layers. Gray.

Mesocephalic adjective [ Meso- + cephalic .] (Anat.) (a) Of or pertaining to, or in the region of, the middle of the head; as, the mesocephalic flexure. (b) Having the cranial cavity of medium capacity; neither megacephalic nor microcephalic. (c) Having the ratio of the length to the breadth of the cranium a medium one; mesaticephalic.

Mesocephalon noun [ New Latin See Meso- , and Cephalon .] (Anat.) The pons Varolii.

Mesocephalous adjective (Anat.) Mesocephalic.

Mesocolon noun [ New Latin , from Greek ...; me`sos middle + ... the colon : confer French mésocôlon .] (Anat.) The fold of peritoneum, or mesentery, attached to the colon. -- Mes`o*col"ic adjective

Mesocoracoid noun [ Meso- + coracoid .] (Anat.) A process from the middle of the coracoid in some animals.

Mesocuneiform, Mesocuniform noun [ Meso- + cuneiform , cuniform .] (Anat.) One of the bones of the tarsus. See 2d Cuneiform .

Mesocæcum noun (Anat.) [ New Latin See Meso- , and Cæcum .] The fold of peritoneum attached to the cæcum. -- Mes`o*cæ"cal adjective

Mesoderm noun [ Meso- + Greek de`rma skin.] (Biol.) (a) The layer of the blastoderm, between the ectoderm and endoderm; mesoblast. See Illust. of Blastoderm and Ectoderm . (b) The middle body layer in some invertebrates. (c) The middle layer of tissue in some vegetable structures.

Mesodermal adjective (Biol.) Pertaining to, or derived from, the mesoderm; as, mesodermal tissues.

Mesodermic adjective Same as Mesodermal .

Mesodont adjective [ Meso- + Greek 'odoy`s , 'odo`ntos , a tooth.] (Anat.) Having teeth of moderate size.

Mesogaster noun [ New Latin , from Greek me`sos middle + ... belly.] (Anat.) The fold of peritoneum connecting the stomach with the dorsal wall of the abdominal cavity; the mesogastrium.

Mesogastric adjective [ Meso- + gastric .]


1. (Anat.) (a) Of or pertaining to the middle region of the abdomen, or of the stomach. (b) Of or pertaining to the mesogaster.

2. (Zoology) Of or pertaining to the middle gastric lobe of the carapace of a crab.

Mesogastrium noun [ New Latin See Mesogaster .] (Anat.) (a) The umbilical region. (b) The mesogaster.

Mesoglœa noun [ New Latin , from Greek me`sos middle + ... a glutinous substance.] (Zoology) A thin gelatinous tissue separating the ectoderm and endoderm in certain cœlenterates. -- Mes`o*glœ"al adjective

Mesognathous adjective [ Meso- + Greek gna`qos jaw.] (Anat.) Having the jaws slightly projecting; between prognathous and orthognathous. See Gnathic index , under Gnathic .

Mesohepar noun [ New Latin See Meso- , and Hepar .] (Anat.) A fold of the peritoneum connecting the liver with the dorsal wall of the abdominal cavity.

Mesohippus noun [ New Latin , from Greek me`sos middle + ... a horse.] (Paleon.) An extinct mammal of the Horse family, but not larger than a sheep, and having three toes on each foot.

Mesolabe noun [ Latin mesolabium , Greek ...; me`sos middle + ... to take.] An instrument of the ancients for finding two mean proportionals between two given lines, required in solving the problem of the duplication of the cube. Brande & C.

Mesole noun [ Greek me`sos middle.] (Min.) Same as Thomsonite .

Mesolite noun [ Meso- + -lite .] (Min.) A zeolitic mineral, grayish white or yellowish, occuring in delicate groups of crystals, also fibrous massive. It is a hydrous silicate of alumina, lime, and soda.