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 for meta
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Meta- \Met"a-\, Met- \Met-\ [Gr. meta` between, with, after;
     akin to AS. mid with, G. mit, Goth. mi[thorn], E. mid, in
     midwife.]
     1. A prefix meaning between, with, after, behind, over,
        about, reversely; as, metachronism, the error of placing
        after the correct time; metaphor, lit., a carrying over;
        metathesis, a placing reversely.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. (Chem.) A prefix denoting:
        (a) Other; duplicate, corresponding to; resembling; hence,
            metameric; as, meta-arabinic, metaldehyde.
        (b) (Organic Chem.) That two replacing radicals, in the
            benzene nucleus, occupy the relative positions of 1
            and 3, 2 and 4, 3 and 5, 4 and 6, 5 and 1, or 6 and 2;
            as, metacresol, etc. See Ortho-, and Para-.
        (c) (Inorganic Chem.) Having less than the highest number
            of hydroxyl groups; -- said of acids; as,
            metaphosphoric acid. Also used adjectively.
            [1913 Webster]
  
     3. A prefix meaning at a level above, as in metaphysics,
        metalanguage.
        [PJC]

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  meta
   /me't@/, /may?t@/, /mee?t@/, pref.
  
      [from analytic philosophy] One level of description up. A metasyntactic
      variable is a variable in notation used to describe syntax, and
      meta-language is language used to describe language. This is difficult to
      explain briefly, but much hacker humor turns on deliberate confusion
      between meta-levels. See hacker humor.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  META
  
      The assembly language for the CYBER 200,
     developed at CDC ca 1977.
  
     [CDC Pub 60256020].
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1994-11-16)
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  meta
  
      /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,
     metadata 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.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1999-04-06)
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  Meta, MO -- U.S. city in Missouri
     Population (2000):    249
     Housing Units (2000): 130
     Land area (2000):     0.335267 sq. miles (0.868338 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    0.335267 sq. miles (0.868338 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            47594
     Located within:       Missouri (MO), FIPS 29
     Location:             38.312471 N, 92.167999 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):     65058
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
     Headwords:
      Meta, MO
      Meta
  

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