Recently I looked up the meaning of "superscript" in the dictionary of https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/superscript
At Point 2 of "superscript" in American, the following explanation is given with an example such as;
a figure, letter, or symbol written above and to the side of another
in y2 and xn, 2 and n are superscripts
My question is what the "another" means in this case. Basically another means something additional.
For example, in the case of "m2", superscript is 2 which means square meter. Why does the superscript, 2 is expressed as written above and to the side of "another"? There are no figures, letter or symbols to the side of "m".
Please explain what "another" means in this case.
Thank you in advance.