from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A proofreading symbol (‸) used to indicate where something is to be inserted in a line of printed or written matter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An indicator, often a blinking line or bar, indicating where the next insertion or other edit will take place. Also called a cursor.
  • n. A háček.
  • n. A kind of turtle, the hawksbill.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A mark [^] used by writers and proof readers to indicate that something is interlined above, or inserted in the margin, which belongs in the place marked by the caret.
  • n. The hawkbill turtle. See hawkbill.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A mark (∧) used in writing, in correcting printers' proofs, etc., to indicate the proper place of something that is interlined or written in the margin.
  • n. A name of the hawkbill sea-turtle, Eretmochelys imbricata.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a mark used by an author or editor to indicate where something is to be inserted into a text


Latin, there is lacking, third person sing. present tense of carēre, to lack; see kes- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Latin caret ("it lacks"), the third-person singular present active indicative form of careō ("I lack"). (Wiktionary)
French (Wiktionary)



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