Metatimes constitute an extension of time-change to general measurable spaces, defined as mappings between two σ-algebras. Equipping the image σ-algebra of a metatime with a measure and defining the composition measure given by the metatime on the domain σ-algebra, we identify metatimes with bounded linear operators between spaces of square integrable functions. We also analyse the possibility to define a metatime from a given bounded linear operator between Hilbert spaces, which we show is possible for invertible operators. Next we establish a link between orthogonal random measures and cylindrical random variables following a classical construction. This enables us to view metatime-changed orthogonal random measures as cylindrical random variables composed with linear operators, where the linear operators are induced by metatimes. In the paper we also provide several results on the basic properties of metatimes as well as some applications towards trawl processes.