caret
Pronunciation
  • (America) IPA: /ˈkæɹ.ɪt/, /ˈkæɹ.ət/, /ˈkɛɹ.ɪt/, /ˈkɛɹ.ət/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈkæɹ.ɪt/, /ˈkæɹ.ət/
  • (weak vowel merger) homophones en
Noun

caret (plural carets)

  1. A mark ⟨  ⟩ used by writers and proofreaders to indicate that something is to be inserted at that point.
  2. (graphical user interface) An indicator, often a blinking line or bar, indicating where the next insertion or other edit will take place. Also called a cursor.
  3. (non-standard) A circumflex, ⟨ ^ ⟩.
  4. (non-standard) A háček, ⟨ ˇ ⟩.
    • 1944, Maro Beath Jones, Inclusive Uniform Alphabet for Russian, Bulgarian, Serb-Croatian, Czech, Polish (Claremont Slavic Series, Claremont College), page 10 ↗
      […] the more conventional semivocalic j and the caret (ˇ) respectively.
    • 1948, Bohumil Emil Mikula, Progressive Czech (Bohemian) (Chicago: Czechoslovak National Council of America), 6 ↗
      The caret (ˇ), háček, is used over the following consonants: c, d, n, t, r, s, and z to indicate the soft sound. The caret (ˇ) is also used over the vowel e (See Pronunciation II, b, p, v).
    • 1991, Michael Shapiro, The Sense of Change: Language as History (Indiana University Press; ISBN 0253352037, 9780253352033), page 58 ↗
      In contemporary Czech, the “hook” or caret is no longer in use for lower-case t and d when the latter are palatal; instead, an apostrophe is used (t’, d’) This development is clearly connected with the practical difficulty encountered in printing a caret over letter stems that are too thin.
Translations
  • Portuguese: acento circunflexo
  • Spanish: signo de intercalación
Noun

caret (plural carets)

  1. A kind of turtle, the hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata).



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