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The term mesh is commonly used with two meanings:

  • In a two-dimensional pattern possessing rotational symmetry, the rotation points constitute the nodes of a net and divide the plane into regions that are called meshes. The number of meshes meeting at any rotation point equals twice the order of the rotation at that point.
  • A two-dimensional unit cell is also sometimes called a mesh.

According to Loeb (1971), only the first use would be correct.


  • Loeb, A. B. (1971). Color and symmetry. New York: Wiley-Interscience.