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How to look up a symbol?

I want to type ^ in mathmode, but \frown is too long, so my question is where to find a small version?

Update: Thanks to Mico. I tried \smallfrown, but it seems too big either.

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    amssymb has \smallfrown. I found this just using detexify. Please check first this How to look up a symbol?
    – percusse
    Jun 25, 2012 at 14:26
  • {\scriptsize\frown} if another font does not suit you? Jun 25, 2012 at 14:26
  • I tried {\scriptsize\frown} but things didn't change.
    – Popopo
    Jun 25, 2012 at 14:47
  • sorry I meant \scriptstyle not \scriptsize Jun 25, 2012 at 16:03
  • OK, I tried it, and frown became smaller. Thank you.
    – Popopo
    Jun 25, 2012 at 16:10

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Here are some options for you that scales either \frown or \smallfrown (from amssymb) down to the size of \textasciicircum:

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\usepackage{graphicx}% http://ctan.org/pkg/graphicx
\usepackage{amssymb}% http://ctan.org/pkg/amssymb
\textasciicircum $\frown$ \par
\textasciicircum \raisebox{.5em}{\smash{\scalebox{.5}{$\frown$}}} \par
\textasciicircum $\smallfrown$ \par
\textasciicircum \raisebox{.5em}{\smash{\scalebox{.5}{$\smallfrown$}}} \par

In the above MWE, both \frown and \smallfrown is raised to the level of \textasciicircum for comparison using \raisebox, and scaled down to 50% of its original size (via \scalebox from graphicx).

Depending on the choice, you should define a command that creates the frown you're after, like




Have you tried \smallfrown (provided by the amssymb package)?

  • Yes, I have. But it seems too big either. I want to seek a smaller on as ^.
    – Popopo
    Jun 25, 2012 at 14:40

\textasciicircum{} or \^{} can be used within math mode using text mode

Check the link for symbols:


  • Thanks, but \textasciicircum{} or \^{} cannot be used in mathmode.
    – Popopo
    Jun 25, 2012 at 14:43

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