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The Collaborative International Dictionary

hawkbill \hawk"bill`\, hawksbill \hawks"bill`\(-b[i^]l`), n. (Zo["o]l.) A sea turtle ( Eretmochelys imbricata), which yields the best quality of tortoise shell; -- called also caret.

Syn: hawksbill turtle, hawkbill, tortoiseshell turtle, Eretmochelys imbricata.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"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).


Etymology 1 n. 1 A mark: ⟨ (l mul ‸) ⟩ used by writers and proof readers to indicate that something is to be inserted in the place marked by the caret. 2 (context graphical user interface English) An indicator, often a blinking line or bar, indicating where the next insertion or other edit will take place. Also called a cursor. 3 (context non-standard English) A (l/en: háček). Etymology 2

n. A kind of turtle, the hawksbill.


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


The caret is an inverted V-shaped grapheme. It is the spacing character ^ in ASCII (at code point 5E) and other character sets that may also be called a hat, control, uparrow, or less frequently chevron, xor sign, to the power of, pointer (in Pascal), or wedge. Officially, this character is referred to as circumflex accent in both ASCII and Unicode terminology (because of its historical use in overstrike), whereas caret refers to a similar but lowered Unicode character: . Additionally, there is a lowered variant with a stroke: .

The caret and circumflex are not to be confused with other chevron-shaped characters, such as or , which may occasionally be called carets too.

Caret (disambiguation)

Caret may refer to:

  • Caret, the spacing symbol ^ or ‸
  • Circumflex, the diacritic ˆ in â, ê, î, ô, û.
  • CARET Brain Mapping Software
  • Robert Caret, the president of the University of Massachusetts
  • Caret or insertion point, a blinking vertical bar indicating where typed text will be inserted
  • Caret navigation, a blinking vertical bar in a text field
  • CARET, the beta-Carotene and Retinol Efficacy Trial
In Judaism:
  • Kareth or Karet, a biblical punishment decreed by Heaven
Caret (software)

CARET (Computerized Anatomical Reconstruction Toolkit) is a software application for the structural and functional analysis of the cerebral and cerebellar cortex. CARET is developed in the Van Essen Laboratory in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.

CARET is a free, open-source application distributed in both binary and source formats under the GNU General Public License. CARET runs on FreeBSD, Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.

Image:Caret_software_image_of.jpg|Image of CARET main window with functional and foci data on surface

Usage examples of "caret".

Caret profecto omnibus his, qui vitam suam vult semper habere cum famulis.

She gazed down into it, watching until CIC updated it with the red caret that indicated an unidentified hyper footprint on Gauntlet's starboard bow at just over sixteen light-minutes.

Et cum coelestibus undis Aequoreae miscentur aquae: caret ignibus aether, Caecaque nox premitur tenebris hiemisque suisque.

Beside a bronze head, such as the monk Roger Bacon possessed, which answered all the questions that were addressed to it and foretold the future by means of a magic mirror and the combination of the rules of perspective, lay an eggshell, the same which had been used by Caret, as d'Aubigne tells us, when making men out of germs, mandrakes, and crimson silk, over a slow fire.

One of the little girls whimpered in fright but was instantly comforted by Sarah McDouall, one of the carets on duty at the crlche.

If they were as full of vehicles as the carets implied, there was a score of large aircars in each.

The carets Milligan didn't have time for indicated there were people in the office, half a dozen of them, ducking behind desks and consoles.

Iblis held it with nervous caret as if he had been given a ticking bomb.

Huber adjusted his sight picture onto the leftmost caret, enlarging the central portion around the pipper while the surrounding field remained one-to-one so that he wouldn't be blindsided by an unglimpsed danger.