ETYM as. masc, max, maescre; akin to Dutch maas, masche, Old High Germ. masca, Icel. möskvi; cf. Lith. mazgas a knot, megsti to weave nets, to knot.
1. The act of interlocking or meshing; SYN. meshing, interlock, interlocking.
2. The number of opening per inch of a screen; measures size of particles; or.
ETYM Old Eng. mes, Old Fren. mets, Late Lat. missum, p. p. of mittere to put, place (e.g., on the table), Latin mittere to send. Related to Mission, Mass religious service.
(Irregular plural: messes).
1. A state of confusion and disorderliness; SYN. messiness, muss, mussiness.
2. A (large) military dining room where service personnel eat or relax; SYN. mess hall.
3. A meal eaten by service personnel.
4. Soft semiliquid food.
ETYM Old Fren. repast, French repas, Late Lat. repastus, from Latin repascere to feed again; pref. re- re- + pascere, pastum, to pasture, feed. Related to Pasture.
1. That which is taken as food; a meal; figuratively, any refreshment.
2. The act of eating.