# An odd inequality sign

1. Aug 17, 2011

### spaghetti3451

I saw this rather odd symbol of the the greater sign on top of the less sign in my lecture notes. I am wondering if there is a name for this symbol and if signifies 'equal to' as well?

2. Aug 17, 2011

### HallsofIvy

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I would interpret that as "is not equal to".

3. Aug 17, 2011

### Dr. Seafood

Is it any of these?

$$\lessgtr, \quad \gtrless,\quad \lesseqgtr,\quad \gtreqless,\quad \lesseqqgtr,\quad \gtreqqless$$

4. Aug 17, 2011

### BloodyFrozen

I'd say it'd probably be the second one.

5. Aug 18, 2011

### HallsofIvy

Again, my best guess is "is not equal to".

6. Aug 20, 2011

### asw

It's an abbreviation of < or >, the alternatives being explained or elaborated on nearby.

You could write: a≶b≶c, which means that either a<b<c or a>b>c.
Or you could write something like: |x|=±x if x≷0.
The upper level is one case, the lower level is the other case.

It is rarely used. Different cases are usually put on different lines with braced conditions.