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met·a·da·ta

 (mĕt′ə-dā′tə, -dăt′ə, -dä′tə)
pl.n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb)
Data that describes other data, as in describing the origin, structure, or characteristics of computer files, webpages, databases, or other digital resources.

metadata

pl n
(Communications & Information) computing information that is held as a description of stored data

metadata

Information about information; more specifically, information about the meaning of other data. See also data; information.
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Noun1.metadata - data about data; "a library catalog is metadata because it describes publications"
data, information - a collection of facts from which conclusions may be drawn; "statistical data"
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Resistance was vain; and they were compelled to follow to a large room, which, rising on clumsy Saxon pillars, resembled those refectories and chapter-houses which may be still seen in the most ancient parts of our most ancient monasteries.
There is the charming, half-Gothic chapter-house of Bocherville, where the Roman layer extends half way up.
Fragments of old wall, saint's chapel, chapter-house, convent and monastery, have got incongruously or obstructively built into many of its houses and gardens, much as kindred jumbled notions have become incorporated into many of its citizens' minds.
The CDDB, the Climate Anomaly Monitoring System (CAMS), the Reynolds (1988) blended SST dataset, the Comprehensive Ocean-Atmosphere Dataset (COADS), satellite-derived near-global precipitation estimates, the normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI), and several other climate datasets had become more widely available.
Software, like Grandma's lasagna recipe or the CDDB database, can be represented digitally and so may be duplicated quickly, efficiently, and inexpensively over the internet.
Like other CDDB replacements, MusicBrainz began as a site where users could compare and improve audio file metadata by matching and contributing track information to a shared database.