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See also: ˆ [U+02C6 MODIFIER LETTER CIRCUMFLEX ACCENT], ◌̂ [U+0302 COMBINING CIRCUMFLEX ACCENT], ^@, and Appendix:Variations of "^"

^ U+005E, ^
Basic Latin _
U+FF3E, ^

Halfwidth and Fullwidth Forms _




  1. The caret, used by writers and proof readers to indicate that something is missing
  2. Separates the base and exponent in a power expression
    n^2 = n² = n × n
    2^n = 2ⁿ
  3. (programming) bitwise exclusive disjunction
  4. (computing, as part of a keyboard shortcut) control key
    Press ^F to find text in your document.
  5. (computing) Indicates an ASCII control character in caret notation.
    ^W = end of control block
  6. (regular expressions) Matches the start position within the string. Compare $, which matches the end position within the string.
  7. (regular expressions) Used with square brackets: [ ]. Matches a single character other than the characters and ranges specified between the square brackets.
    [^abc] matches any character other than "a", "b", or "c".
    [^a-z] matches any single character that is not a lowercase letter from "a" to "z"
  8. (Internet slang) Points to a message above in a forum, chat, etc.

Usage notes[edit]

U+FF3E is a fullwidth character for use in East Asian typography.

Further reading[edit]



The symbol resembles an arrowhead pointing upward.



  1. (text messaging) up (in any sense)
    its ^ in d attic luv — It's up in the attic love.
  2. (text messaging) Replacing the letter sequence 'up' within a word.