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

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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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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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readily or continually undergoing change

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