su·​per·​script | \ ˈsü-pər-ˌskript How to pronounce superscript (audio) \

Definition of superscript

: a distinguishing symbol (such as a numeral or letter) written immediately above or above and to the right or left of another character

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superscript adjective

Examples of superscript in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2015 the Zika virus outbreak superscript text arrived and crystallized the reality that fear was a critical variable in understanding the economics of outbreaks. Evan Ratliff, Wired, "We Can Protect the Economy From Pandemics. Why Didn't We?," 16 June 2020 Like the purple emoji hearts that BTS superfans posted in comments and tweets online, small superscript sevens have popped up in Twitter usernames, bios and the tweets themselves of loyal BTS supporters. Cady Lang, Time, "Here's the Secret Meaning Behind the BTS Small No. 7 Memes You're Seeing Everywhere," 19 Feb. 2020 Finally, Easier Superscripts Mathematicians, scientists, and other fans of exponents will appreciate the ability to easily add superscript and subscript text to their documents without digging into the system’s catalog of characters. Patrick Lucas Austin, Time, "Use These 11 Tips to Get (Even More) Productive in Google Docs," 15 Aug. 2019 But then there are also superscripts, and built-up fractions—like math. Stephen Wolfram, WIRED, "2001: A Space Odyssey Predicted The Future—50 Years Ago," 3 Apr. 2018 Next, dash in some extra textual mumbo jumbo, preferably something with one of those old-timey superscript letters. Kyle Vanhemert, WIRED, "How to Make the Perfect Hipster Logo in 6 Easy Steps," 31 July 2013

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First Known Use of superscript

1901, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for superscript

Latin superscriptus, past participle of superscribere

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The first known use of superscript was in 1901

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“Superscript.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of superscript

: a symbol (such as a number or letter) written above and immediately to the left or right of another character

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