metae

meta

1 [mee-tuh]
noun, plural metae [mee-tee] .
(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:
1570–80; < Latin mēta cone, turning post

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meta

3 [met-uh] .
adjective
1.
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.
2.
pertaining to or noting an abstract, high-level analysis or commentary, especially one that consciously references something of its own type.
noun
3.
a consciously and playfully self-referential story, conversation, etc.: That dialogue was an example of meta at its best.
4.
an abstract, high-level analysis or commentary: writing a meta to explain the character’s motivation.
verb (used without object)
5.
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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Meta (ˈmeɪtə, Spanish ˈmeta)
 
n
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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meta-
prefix meaning 1. "after, behind," 2. "changed, altered," 3. "higher, beyond," from Gk. meta (prep.) "in the midst of, in common with, by means of, in pursuit or quest of," from PIE *me- "in the middle" (cf. Goth. miþ, O.E. 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 Gk. 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.
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meta- or met-
pref.

  1. Later in time: metestrus.

  2. At a later stage of development: metanephros.

  3. Situated behind: metacarpus.

  4. Change; transformation: metachromatism.

  5. Alternation: metagenesis.

  6. Beyond; transcending; more comprehensive: metapsychology.

  7. At a higher state of development: metazoan.

  8. Having undergone metamorphosis: metamyelocyte.

  9. Derivative or related chemical substance: metaprotein.


  10. Abbr. m- 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.

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