Definition of caret in English:


Syllabification: car·et
Pronunciation: /ˈkarit


  • A mark (‸, ⁁) placed below the line to indicate a proposed insertion in a printed or written text.
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    • In fact, there is a linguistic analog: the use of carets, superscripts, and footnotes - all vertical operations - to embed new information in a finished text.
    • Not only do I underscore; I use brackets, carets, and braces; I annotate all four margins and I copiously turn down the edges (both top and bottom) of certain especially memorable pages.
    • A dart (>) marks the last nucleotide for each gene and indicates the direction of transcription; nucleotides participating in termination codons of protein-coding genes are underscored with carets.


late 17th century: from Latin, 'is lacking'.

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