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meta- US English

Denoting a change of position or condition

meta US English

short for meta key.

meta-acid US English

The least hydrated of a series of oxoacids formed from the same anhydride.

meta key US English

A function key on a keyboard that is activated by simultaneously holding down a control key

meta-talk US English

Originally: any higher-order discussion about language. Now usually: hidden meanings or significance in a conversation, etc.

meta-text US English

A text lying outside another text, especially one describing or elucidating another.

meta-word US English

Originally (Linguistics): a word which describes, classifies, or refers to another word. Also (in extended use) (Computing): a word which has significance within a given context beyond its usual meaning, e.g. one which is part of a programming or query language.

meta-ethics US English

The branch of knowledge that deals with the foundations of ethics, especially with the nature of ethical statements.

Meta River US English

A river that flows northeast for 650 miles (1,050 km) from central Colombia into the Orinoco River and that forms part of the Colombia-Venezuela boundary

meta-analysis US English

Philosophy. Analysis of the grounds and assumptions on which a theory, explanation, or account is based; an instance of this.

meta-analyst US English

A person who carries out meta-analyses.

meta-analytic US English

Mathematics. Designating a function of three real variables, whose partial derivatives with respect to these variables satisfy certain conditions, resulting in the function having properties analogous to those of an analytic function of one complex variable. Compare analytic rare.

meta-compound US English

The meta isomer of a series of disubstituted benzene derivatives.

meta-ethical US English

Of or relating to meta-ethics.

meta-historic US English

Lying beyond the scope of historical narrative or inquiry; = meta-historical.

meta-history US English

Enquiry into the principles governing historical events; the study of the philosophy of history, or of historiography; specifically the study of the structure of historical narrative.

meta-literary US English

Of or relating to metaliterature; concerned with or characteristic of metaliterature. Also: above or beyond the boundaries of any one literature; specifically designating themes, stories, etc., which are widespread in all literatures.

meta-universe US English

A ‘universe of universes’; an assembly of universes, considered as a whole; that which contains or consists of many (potential or actual) separate universes.

meta-antimonate US English

A salt of metantimonic acid; a salt containing the anion SbO3 −.

meta-historical US English

Lying beyond the scope of historical narrative or inquiry; transcending history.

meta-information US English

Information about information, especially information used to order or locate other information; (specifically on the Internet) the mark-up information on a web page, etc.

meta-metalanguage US English

A language used to describe a metalanguage.

metadata US English

A set of data that describes and gives information about other data

metarule US English

A rule governing the content, form, or application of other rules

metabelian US English

Of a group or a Lie algebra: expressible as an extension of one abelian group or Lie algebra by another abelian group or Lie algebra; having the property that its commutator subgroup or subalgebra is abelian.

metafiction US English

Fiction in which the author self-consciously alludes to the artificiality or literariness of a work by parodying or departing from novelistic conventions (especially naturalism) and traditional narrative techniques

metamessage US English

An underlying meaning or implicit message, especially in advertising

metalanguage US English

A form of language or set of terms used for the description or analysis of another language

metamaterial US English

A synthetic composite material with a structure such that it exhibits properties not usually found in natural materials, especially a negative refractive index

metacognition US English

Awareness and understanding of one’s own thought processes

metamathematics US English

The field of study that deals with the structure and formal properties of mathematics and similar formal systems

metanarrative US English

A narrative account that experiments with or explores the idea of storytelling, often by drawing attention to its own artificiality

metempirical US English

Relating to matters beyond the range of empirical knowledge, metaphysical; (occasionally) affirming the validity of concepts or beliefs not based on experience.