- The definition of meta is a person or thing that is more than usual or that goes above and beyond.
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