# hyper, super and meta. Meaning vs emphasis?

Various mathematical terms use the following prefixes, which are presumably also morphemes:

hyper
super
meta


These have different dictionary definitions, as I understand it "hyper" refers to 4 or more dimensions, and "super" means "more general" etc...

However in terms such as following:

Hyperoperation
Hyperbolic
Superelipse
Metaball


Are thease prefixes used more for emphasis than meaning?

• Good question. I am personally puzzled by the use of "hypertranscendental" to refer to something that appears to mean "metatranscendental." "Hypertranscendental" supposedly has as its synonym "transcendentally transcendental" which would imply "meta-," especially given that the relationship between "hypertranscendental functions" i.e. factorial/gamma and "transcendental functions" i.e. exponential is essentially a meta one. – SAH Nov 2 '16 at 0:10