(redirected from Meta-universe)
Also found in: Encyclopedia.
Related to Meta-universe: Multiverse


1. The collection of parallel universes that comprise all of reality in some quantum mechanical and cosmological theories.
2. A similar collection of parallel universes in a work of fiction or a series of related works of fiction.

American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


(Astronomy) astronomy the aggregate of all existing matter, of which the universe is but a tiny fragment
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
References in periodicals archive ?
Yet maybe Bruno's real success was in beginning to grapple with the concept of a multiverse (also called a "meta-universe") in which many universes co-exist: a concept that is now advanced in response to an argument that Christians raise when trying to prove that God exists.
He then goes on to say commonly-accepted theories suggest the wider, meta-universe is much, much bigger still.
If correct, it has the unavoidable side effect that our whole observable universe is but a microdot of a much bigger universe called a Meta-universe. John Maddox, editor of Nature for twenty years explains: 'So inflation inescapably requires that there must be a multitude of other universes alongside our own, each derived from a different speck of space-time and each involving in parallel, but perhaps differently, depending on the properties of the space-time from which they sprang'.