Meta definition

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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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Going beyond or higher, transcending.

Metalinguistics, metacriticism.

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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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After.

Metapneumonic.

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Change in position or form, alteration, transposition.

Metathesis, metasomatism.

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(informal) Self-referential; at a higher level.
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Describing or showing an awareness of the activity that is taking place or being discussed; self-referential.

Metafiction.

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More comprehensive.

Meta-analysis.

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At a higher state of development.

Metazoan.

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Alternation.

Metagenesis.

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Derivative or related chemical substance.

Metaprotein.

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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.

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A less hydrated acid or salt.

Metaphosphoric acid.

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Having undergone metamorphosis.

Metasomatic.

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Later in time.

Metestrus.

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At a later stage of development.

Metanephros.

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A polymer of.

Metaldehyde.

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Characterized by substitutions in the 1, 3 position in the benzene ring.

Meta-aminobenzoic acid.

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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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Change; transformation.

Metachromatism.

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A derivative of.

Metaprotein.

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Either of the conical columns at each end of a Roman circus.
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Behind, at the back.

Metanephros.

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Between.

Metope.

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Situated behind.

Metacarpus.

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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