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Abbreviation of Most Effective Tactic Available. Mostly used when comparing tactics in a game, but can be used in other things as well. It can change over time as new tactics are explored or can change by a change in the rules of a game or availability of new resources. In real life changes to gamerules are usually to make the game more interesting (soccer rules change for offside, usage of time compensation in some courses). In computer games this is done by patching to balance the game or fix bugs.
Player: That new patch changed the meta so much, I really enjoy the game more now!
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A term, especially in art, used to characterize something that is characteristically self-referential.

"So I just saw this film about these people making a movie, and the movie they were making was about the film industry..."
"Dude, that's so meta. Stop before my brain explodes."
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1. meta 581 up, 58 down
A term, especially in art, used to characterize something that is characteristically self-referential.


"So I just saw this film about these people making a movie, and the movie they were making was about the film industry..."
"Dude, that's so meta. Stop before my brain explodes."

1. meta 581 up, 58 down
A term, especially in art, used to characterize something that is characteristically self-referential.


"So I just saw this film about these people making a movie, and the movie they were making was about the film industry..."
"Dude, that's so meta. Stop before my brain explodes."

by meta|mistake April 28, 2009
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1. Meta means about the thing itself. It's seeing the thing from a higher perspective instead of from within the thing, like being self-aware.

2. A term used in mmo meaning the Most Effective Tactic Available. It's basically what works in a game regardless of what you wish would work.
1. There's a lot of bad examples here, so I'll fix those.

Making a movie about the film industry isn't meta. Making a movie about making movies is.

Using a footnote to explain another footnote isn't meta. Using a footnote to explain what footnotes are is meta.

Metaphysics, probably the most common use of meta, means that instead of talking about the physics of the real world, you're talking about the physics itself (for example, why should there even be gravity).

2. Ninja in FFXI wasn't meant to be a tank, but it ended up being one in the meta because it's evasion was so high.
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When you create new layers of abstraction between the thing or event, you are becoming more meta.

For example: A footnote that is needed to explain another footnote is meta.

The problem with being meta is that if you add sufficient layers of abstraction or complexity between the original event and the convenient abstractions you create to clarify or explain it, you eventually lose all connection to the original. Generally, you need no more than two or three levels in writing.

Too much meta in your writing leads to meta fog.

In writing, this means your writing sucks.
Man, I need notes to explain the notes to my notes for my thesis!" - "That's very meta. Perhaps you should rewrite it?
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An acronym, most commonly used in the gaming world, for Most Effective Tactic Available.
Guy 1: Dude, Assassins are so in the meta right now.
Guy 2: Rito plz nerf ;_;
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In the gaming world, meta is what the entire community does within one week of the game's release or latest patch, ignoring everything else the game or the game developer has to offer.
"Looks like INSERT CHARACTER NAME HERE is the new meta now"
"GG. RIP EVERY OTHER CHARACTER}"
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