- (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
First recorded in 1570–80, meta is from the Latin word mēta cone, turning post
- 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.
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Historical Examples of metae
It is now and then stated that the metae between strips have been plowed up.The Enclosures in England
At each end of the course were three conical pillars (metae) to mark its limits.
- 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)
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