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Meaning of META

 
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  1. The assembly language for the cyber 200, developed at cdc ca 1977.

    [CDC Pub 60256020].

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  2. /me't*/ or /may't*/ or (Commonwealth) /mee't*/ A prefix meaning one level of description higher. If X is some concept then meta-X is data about, or processes operating on, X.

    For example, a metasyntax is syntax for specifying syntax, metalanguage is a language used to discuss language, meta-data is data about data, and meta-reasoning is reasoning about reasoning.

    This is difficult to explain briefly, but much hacker humour turns on deliberate confusion between meta-levels.

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