superscript late 14c. (implied in superscription), "address or direction on a letter," from M.Fr. superscript, from L. superscriptus "written above," pp. of superscribere "write over or above something as a correction," from super "above" (see SUPER- (Cf. super-)) + scribere "write" (see SCRIPT (Cf. script)). Meaning "number or letter written above something" first recorded 1901.

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  • Superscript — Su per*script, n. Superscription. [Obs.] I will overglance the superscript. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Superscript —   [dt. hochgestellt], ein Schriftattribut, bei welchem der Text gegenüber der Grundschrift höher läuft, z. B. die 2 in »x2«. Ggs.: Subscript …   Universal-Lexikon

  • superscript — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ (of a letter, figure, or symbol) written or printed above the line …   English terms dictionary

  • superscript — [so͞o′pərskript΄] adj. [L superscriptus, pp.: see SUPERSCRIBE] written above; esp., SUPERIOR (adj. 11) n. a figure, letter, or symbol written above and to the side of another [in y2 and xn, 2 and n are superscripts] …   English World dictionary

  • superscript — UK [ˈsuːpə(r)ˌskrɪpt] / US [ˈsupərˌskrɪpt] adjective written or printed in very small print above a letter, number, or symbol Derived word: superscript UK / US noun countable/uncountable Word forms superscript : singular superscript plural… …   English dictionary

  • superscript — noun Etymology: Latin superscriptus, past participle of superscribere Date: 1901 a distinguishing symbol (as a numeral or letter) written immediately above or above and to the right or left of another character • superscript adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • superscript — su|per|script [ˈsu:pəskrıpt US pər ] adj [Date: 1800 1900; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of superscribere, from scribere to write ] written or printed above a number, letter etc >superscript n [U and C] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • superscript — Супериндексы (Superscript)     Верхние индексы к индексам [буквы и цифры уменьшенного размера, применяются в математических, химических и др. формулах] на верхнюю и нижнюю линию …   Шрифтовая терминология

  • superscript — adjective written or printed above a number, letter etc superscript noun (C, U) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • superscript — viršutinis indeksas statusas T sritis informatika apibrėžtis Ženklas, parašytas šiek tiek aukščiau negu kiti ženklai ir paprastai mažesniu ↑šriftu. Dažnai vartojamas matematiniuose tekstuose, pavyzdžiui, a², C¹¹, aⁿ. atitikmenys: angl.… …   Enciklopedinis kompiuterijos žodynas

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