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Meaning of hardware cloth

hard'ware cloth"

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. galvanized steel wire screen with a mesh usually between 0.25 and 0.5 in. (0.64 and 1.27 cm), used for coarse sieves, animal cages, and the like.
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