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Making or showing awareness of reference to oneself or to the activity that is taking place, especially in an ironic or comic way.

[From meta- (as in metalanguage).]


(ˈmeɪtə; Spanish ˈmeta)
(Placename) 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)


(ˈmɛt ə)

pertaining to or occupying positions (1, 3) in the benzene ring separated by one carbon atom. Compare ortho, para2.
[1875–80; independent use of meta-]


1. a prefix appearing in loanwords from Greek, with the meanings “after,” “along with,” “beyond,” “among,” “behind,” and productive in English on the Greek model: metacarpus; metalinguistics.
a. a combining form used in the names of acids, salts, or their organic derivatives that are the least hydrated of a given series: meta-antimonic HSbO3. Compare ortho- (def. 2a), pyro- (def. 2a).
b. a combining form used in the names of benzene derivatives in which the substituting group occupies the meta position in the benzene ring. Abbr.: m-
Also, esp. before a vowel, met-.
[< Greek, prefix and preposition]
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The system shall account on the parent meta-level all subsystems and allow a uniform display, operation and control and communication, as well as automate logical control operations.
This labyrinthine construction, while focused at a meta-level, required its own elaborate narration.
The next stage offers something of a parallel treatment of the distinction between ground-level and meta-level argumentation, again effectively breaching a commonly-accepted wall: every objection to an argument can be read as a meta-level comment about the argument.
Mostashari, speaking for 40 minutes without any notes, circled back several times to three key themes: population health, health information exchange, and patient engagement, citing those as meta-level goals that should encourage healthcare leaders forward as they work to rework the healthcare system to better serve patients, families, communities, and the broader society.
Many of the existing reflective middleware models are created using traditional middleware models, which are suffering with the limitations of managing the meta-level information of the components [22].
She discusses dialogue organizations and dialogue documents, whether authentic dialogue is a contradiction in terms, truth-claiming and truth-finding, transgressing and setting ritual boundaries, understanding and being understood, the meta-level of dialogues about dialogue, and a theory of Jewish-Christian-Muslim dialogue.
The second edition adds an opening chapter on meta-level principles.
A primary objective of transcendent coaching is learning to control the meta-level by finding an individual's trigger-response patterns to hidden fears.
Aroyo and Mizoguchi present a meta-level Authoring Task Ontology (ATO) specifying authoring tasks, goals, and activities for Intelligent Educational Systems (IES).
However, what is needed at a meta-level, it seems to me, is a range of enquiry into the grounds of this discipline in terms of its epistemological and ethical status.
Ubiquity is the first company to define and deliver a carrier-class server that exhibits meta-level service integration capability.
The National Genome Research Network aims to drive this analysis to a meta-level above single (indication) phenotypes and thus understand genetic risk as an overarching susceptibility for general processes like inflammation, degeneration, or cancer.