- (in ancient Rome) a column or post, or a group of columns or posts, placed at each end of a racetrack to mark the turning places.
Origin of meta1
- pertaining to or occupying two positions (1, 3) in the benzene ring that are separated by one carbon atom.
Origin of meta2
- pertaining to or noting a story, conversation, character, etc., that consciously references or comments upon its own subject or features, often in the form of parody: A movie about making a movie is just so meta—especially when the actors criticize the acting.
- pertaining to or noting an abstract, high-level analysis or commentary, especially one that consciously references something of its own type.
- a consciously and playfully self-referential story, conversation, etc.: That dialogue was an example of meta at its best.
- an abstract, high-level analysis or commentary: writing a meta to explain the character’s motivation.
- to analyze or comment on something in a meta way: I spend more time metaing about the show than actually watching it.
- a female given name.
- a prefix appearing in loanwords from Greek, with the meanings “after,” “along with,” “beyond,” “among,” “behind,” and productive in English on the Greek model: metacarpus; metagenesis.
- a prefix added to the name of a subject and designating another subject that analyzes the original one but at a more abstract, higher level: metaphilosophy; metalinguistics.
- a prefix added to the name of something that consciously references or comments upon its own subject or features: a meta-painting of an artist painting a canvas.
Origin of meta-
Examples from the Web for meta
At that point, the call first got meta as those remaining read tweets about the ongoing conference call.Racists and Conspiracy Nuts Turn Cochran Call Into The Biggest Campaign Sh*tshow of 2014
July 2, 2014
The brilliance of The Michael J. Fox Show is that, as Mike Henry, Fox is essentially playing a meta version of himself.‘The Michael J. Fox Show’ & Robin Williams’s ‘The Crazy Ones’ Are Fall’s Best New Sitcoms
September 26, 2013
Instead, we have irony, allusion, meta commentary, fragmentation, parody, and pastiche.Not Much New in Douglas Rushkoff’s Reading of the Future
March 26, 2013
A clever animator took on the meta task in a too-short 30-second YouTube video.Ai Weiwei, Ban Ki-moon, Ponies & More Best ‘Gangnam Style’ Parodies (VIDEO)
Melissa Leon, Kevin Fallon
October 26, 2012
Schettino has been in Meta di Sorrento near the Amalfi Coast since being released on house arrest last Tuesday.Costa Concordia Mess Widens With Salvage Team, Criminal Probe
Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 24, 2012
"Only a few cuts," he said, in Universal, though Meta had spoken Lhari.The Colors of Space
Marion Zimmer Bradley
"A shock of this kind is extremely bad for Evie," said Meta.
Yes; Meta says she has had a severe shock, and the least reference to it might upset her again.
Meta Beggs was so close to Gordon that their shoulders touched.
His mind returned to Meta Beggs: coldness like hers was not natural, it was not right.
- a river in Colombia, rising in the Andes and flowing northeast and east, forming part of the border between Colombia and Venezuela, to join the Orinoco River. Length: about 1000 km (620 miles)
sometimes before a vowel met-
- indicating change, alteration, or alternationmetabolism; metamorphosis
- (of an academic discipline, esp philosophy) concerned with the concepts and results of the named disciplinemetamathematics; meta-ethics See also metatheory
- occurring or situated behind or aftermetaphase
- (often in italics) denoting that an organic compound contains a benzene ring with substituents in the 1,3-positionsmetadinitrobenzene; meta -cresol Abbreviation: m- Compare ortho- (def. 4), para- 1 (def. 6)
- denoting an isomer, polymer, or compound related to a specified compound (often differing from similar compounds that are prefixed by para-)metaldehyde
- denoting an oxyacid that is a lower hydrated form of the anhydride or a salt of such an acidmetaphosphoric acid Compare ortho- (def. 5)
Word Origin and History for meta
word-forming element meaning 1. "after, behind," 2. "changed, altered," 3. "higher, beyond;" from Greek meta (prep.) "in the midst of, in common with, by means of, in pursuit or quest of," from PIE *me- "in the middle" (cf. German mit, Gothic miþ, Old English mið "with, together with, among;" see mid). Notion of "changing places with" probably led to senses "change of place, order, or nature," which was a principal meaning of the Greek word when used as a prefix (but also denoting "community, participation; in common with; pursuing").
Third sense, "higher than, transcending, overarching, dealing with the most fundamental matters of," is due to misinterpretation of metaphysics as "science of that which transcends the physical." This has led to a prodigious erroneous extension in modern usage, with meta- affixed to the names of other sciences and disciplines, especially in the academic jargon of literary criticism, which affixes it to just about anything that moves and much that doesn't.
- Later in time:metestrus.
- At a later stage of development:metanephros.
- Situated behind:metacarpus.
- Change; transformation:metachromatism.
- Beyond; transcending; more comprehensive:metapsychology.
- At a higher state of development:metazoan.
- Having undergone metamorphosis:metamyelocyte.
- Derivative or related chemical substance:metaprotein.
- 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. Usually used in italic:meta-dibromobenzene.