Meta meaning

mĕt'ə
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.

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Making or showing awareness of reference to oneself or to the activity that is taking place, especially in an ironic or comic way.
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One definition of this Greek word is transcending, or going above and beyond. In the computer field, it defines things that embrace more than the usual. For example, a metafile contains all types of data. Meta-data describes other data. See metafile, metadata and meta tag.
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Change in position or form, alteration, transposition.

Metathesis, metasomatism.

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Going beyond or higher, transcending.

Metalinguistics, metacriticism.

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(informal) Self-referential; at a higher level.
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Situated behind.

Metacarpus.

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After.

Metapneumonic.

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Behind, at the back.

Metanephros.

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Between.

Metope.

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Either of the conical columns at each end of a Roman circus.
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Having undergone metamorphosis.

Metasomatic.

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Origin of meta

  • < Gr meta, along with, after, between, among < IE *meta < base *me-, between > mid
    From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition
  • Greek from meta beside, after me-2 in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From meta– (as in metalanguage)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From meta-
    From Wiktionary