Superscript definition

so͝opər-skrĭpt
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A character set, printed, or written above and immediately to one side of another.

In x2 the superscript is 2.

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Written above; esp., superior.
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A figure, letter, or symbol written above and to the side of another.

In y2 and xn, 2 and n are superscripts.

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(Print) A type of lettering form that appears as a number, figure, or symbol above the normal line of type, located at the right or left of another symbol or text.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
superscript
Plural:
superscripts

Origin of superscript

  • Latin superscrīptus past participle of superscrībere to write over superscribe

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition