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1.
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 Dara L October 23, 2005
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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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3.
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?
by Charles Hoffmann August 29, 2010
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Meta-HTMLTM is a programming language specifically designed for working within the World Wide Web environment. Although it is a genuine programming language, suitable for large-scale symbolic manipulation, it provides the most commonly wanted Web functionality as built-in primitives, so you don't have to write them.
Check out The White-Paper Manifesto (circa 1996)
For example, in linguistics a grammar is considered as being expressed in a metalanguage, or a sort of language for describing another language (and not itself).
by bluesparty February 04, 2013
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5.
Feel that strange feeling in your leg? Yeah thats the Meta ripping it off of you.
Feel that strange feeling in your leg? Yeah thats the Meta ripping it off of you
by Somebodyelse123 September 09, 2011
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6.
A super search engine that combines the results from all search engines into one big results page.
Meta search engines are teh s3x.
by s0x0r November 05, 2005
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7.
having sex with someone that is having sex with someone else at the same time
its so meta that John had sex wiht Jill while she was screwing Dan.
by drew69 April 21, 2011
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