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[kar-it] /ˈkær ɪt/
a mark (‸) made in written or printed matter to show the place where something is to be inserted.
1700-10; < Latin caret (there) is lacking or wanting, 3rd person singular present indicative of carēre to be without
Can be confused
carat, caret, carrot, karat. Unabridged
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  • caret-general indicator used to mark position of error.
  • The minimum information that shall be made available is text content, text input caret location, and text attributes.
British Dictionary definitions for caret


a symbol (‸) used to indicate the place in written or printed matter at which something is to be inserted
Word Origin
C17: from Latin, literally: there is missing, from carēre to lack
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Word Origin and History for caret

"mark in writing to show where something is to be inserted," 1680s, from Latin caret "there is lacking," 3rd person singular indicative of carere "to lack" (see caste).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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caret in Technology

Common: hat; control; uparrow; caret; ITU-T: circumflex. Rare: chevron; INTERCAL: shark (or shark-fin); to the ("to the power of"); fang; pointer (in Pascal).

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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