An example of meta used as an adjective are meta tags which are HTML tags that are hidden on a website screen but give search engines the title and description of the web screen.
- change in position or form, alteration, transposition: metathesis, metasomatism
- after: metapneumonic
- behind, at the back: metanephros
Origin of meta-< supposed analogy to metaphysics going beyond or higher, transcending: used to form terms designating an area of study whose purpose is to examine the nature, assumptions, structure, etc. of a (specified) field: metalinguistics, metacriticism
- between: metope
- a polymer of: metaldehyde
- a derivative of: metaprotein
- a less hydrated acid or salt: metaphosphoric acid
- characterized by substitutions in the 1, 3 position in the benzene ring: usually italicized and hyphenated in chemical names: meta-aminobenzoic acid
Origin of meta-; from Classical Greek meta, along with, after, between, among ; from Indo-European an unverified form meta ; from base an unverified form me-, between from source mid
Origin of metaFrom meta– (as in metalanguage).
- a. Later in time: metestrus.b. At a later stage of development: metanephros.
- Situated behind: metacarpus.
- a. Change; transformation: metachromatism.b. Alternation: metagenesis.
- a. More comprehensive: meta-analysis.b. Describing or showing an awareness of the activity that is taking place or being discussed; self-referential: metafiction.c. At a higher state of development: metazoan.
- Having undergone metamorphosis: metasomatic.
- a. Derivative or related chemical substance: metaprotein.b. Of or relating to one of three possible isomers of a benzene ring with two attached chemical groups, in which the carbon atoms with attached groups are separated by one unsubstituted carbon atom: meta-dibromobenzene.
Origin of meta-Greek, from meta, beside, after; see me-2 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more meta, superlative most meta)
- (informal) Self-referential; at a higher level