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

carat, caret, carrot, karat. Unabridged
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caret (ˈkærɪt)
a symbol (‸) used to indicate the place in written or printed matter at which something is to be inserted
[C17: from Latin, literally: there is missing, from carēre to lack]

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Word Origin & History

1681, from L. "there is lacking," 3rd pers. sing. of carere "to lack."
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Computing Dictionary

caret definition

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).

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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.
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