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Meaning – The term metafile, refers to a file containing a series of attributes that set color, shape, and size, usually of a picture or a drawing. Using a program that can interpret these attributes, a user can view the assembled image.

A metafile can refer to two different types of computer files. The first is a file that describes the contents of other files. This type of metafile may contain metadata, which defines a group of other files and gives a summary of what data they contain.

The second type of metafile is most often used in computer graphics. These files define objects and images using a list of coordinates. However, metafiles can contain other formats as well, such as bitmaps or other data.

Example of usage“Metafiles that contain audio, video and (in some cases) text are often referred to as container files.”