equal sign

noun

Definition of equal sign

: a sign = indicating mathematical or logical equivalence

called also equality sign, equals sign

Examples of equal sign in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Andre Rochester painted a scales of justice, an equal sign and people of different races. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Street mural in Windsor aims to unify community in fight against racism," 13 Nov. 2020 But there is a growing community of mathematicians who regard the equal sign as math’s original error. Wired, "Is the Equal Sign Overrated? Mathematicians Hash It Out," 13 Oct. 2019 But there is a growing community of mathematicians who regard the equal sign as math’s original error. Wired, "Is the Equal Sign Overrated? Mathematicians Hash It Out," 13 Oct. 2019 But there is a growing community of mathematicians who regard the equal sign as math’s original error. Quanta Magazine, "With Category Theory, Mathematics Escapes From Equality," 10 Oct. 2019 But algebra performs its gymnastics over the fixed bars of the equal sign. Quanta Magazine, "With Category Theory, Mathematics Escapes From Equality," 10 Oct. 2019 Start by respecting that their home (equal sign) their choices. Carolyn Hax, Detroit Free Press, "Sister-in-law prioritizes dog ownership over visits from her nephew," 31 Oct. 2019 The most overlooked symbol in any equation is the humble equal sign. Quanta Magazine, "Quantum Questions Inspire New Math," 30 Mar. 2017 The equal sign shows that energy is equivalent to v, which stands for frequency, by a constant factor—a constant known within the equation as h, and as Planck's Constant to a larger community. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Why the World's Measuring Systems Just Changed—and What It Means," 20 May 2019

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First Known Use of equal sign

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of equal sign was circa 1909

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22 Nov 2020

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“Equal sign.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/equal%20sign. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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equal sign

noun

English Language Learners Definition of equal sign

: a symbol = used to show that two numbers are equal

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