- (obsolete, rare, uncountable) Synonym of
1849, A. J. Ellis, “Phonetic Spelling”, in The Prospective Review, volume 5, page 306:
- To represent letters like those of Hebrew, Arabic, Armenian, &c., by English characters, is, undoubtedly, a help to the scholar; a help with the special philologist often professes to contemn, but which the comparative philologist often misses. We will call this Metagraphy, or Transliteration.
1899 September 9, Sir Isaac Pitman, “The Paris Shorthand Congress of 1900”, in The Phonetic Journal, volume 58, page 565:
- Considerable attention will be paid to metagrapnic methods, and to the application of metagraphy to foreign languages.
- (art, countable) metagraphics; hypergraphy
1983, Stephen C. Foster, Lettrisme: into the present, page 29:
- The rich and free merging of visual arts and literature envisioned by Isou in 1949-1950 under the name of "metagraphy" appeared fertile to many more people than the one proposed earlier with Lettrist painting, left almost unnoticed.
2002, Rob Young, Undercurrents: the hidden wiring of modern music, page 191:
- For all their energised glory, the graphic scores of the Cageans (like the metagraphies of the Lettrists, and thus exactly like pre-Futurist scores) demanded a priestcraft to ensure their authentic interpretation.
2006, Cartographic Perspectives: Bulletin of the North American Cartographic Information Society:
- In 1950 the Letterist, Maurice Lemaltre, had published Riff-raff, a ten-page "metagraphy," which included a sequence that zoomed from the solar system through a drawing of the earth to maps of Europe, France, and Paris, and Finally one of Saint Germain de Prés.
2008, Adriano Spatola, Toward Total Poetry, page 58:
- […] in an attempt to elaborate a sort of hypergraphy, or super-writing, produced to go beyond the limits of the preceding metagraphy, or post-writing.
- (linguistics, uncountable) Symbolism that has no counterpart in speech.
1987, Alfred Arteaga, Language, Discourse, Sign: Reading Dialogisms in the Texts of Shakespeare and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz:
- Pilico and Aztec's presence in Spanish ritual, through metagraphy, novelistic speech, and heteroglossia, marks their presence in a dialogue.
2002, Katherine Koppenhaver, Attorney's Guide to Document Examination, page 253:
- Metagraphy: symbols understood even though they have no conventional counterpart in speech. For example, footprints to illustrate walking or sawing wood for snoring.
2014, Farhad Daftary, editor, The Study of Shi‘i Islam: History, Theology and Law:
- Also frequent is the use of a 'key letter' which occurs in both the mathal and mamthūl (metagraphy).