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metadata

[ met-uh-dey-tuh, ‐dat-uh, ‐dah-tuh ]
/ ˈmɛt əˌdeɪ tə, ‐ˌdæt ə, ‐dɑ tə /
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noun (usually used with a singular verb)Digital Technology.
higher-level data that describes or annotates a data set, as tags in a programming code that describe the hierarchical structure and the relationships among discrete pieces of data: Search engine spiders use content and HTML metadata to index websites.In their surveillance operations, intelligence agencies were able to access such metadata as the phone numbers involved and duration of phone calls.
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Origin of metadata

First recorded in 1965–70; meta- (def. 2) + data
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British Dictionary definitions for metadata

metadata

pl n
computing information that is held as a description of stored data
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