The Mathematical Symbol "Intercalate (⊺)"


The ⊺ Symbol in Mathematics: Intercalate

Mathematics is replete with symbols that convey specific meanings and operations. The ⊺ or "Intercalate" symbol is one of these unique markers. This article seeks to shed light on its definition, primary applications, and furnish a couple of representative examples.


The term "intercalate" generally means to insert something (especially a day) within a sequence. In mathematics, the ⊺ symbol isn't ubiquitously used, but in contexts where it does appear, it usually suggests an insertion or interweaving operation.


  • Example 1: In sequences:
    If Sequence A = {a, b, c} and Sequence B = {1, 2, 3}, the intercalation of A and B, represented as \( A ⊺ B \), might result in the sequence {a, 1, b, 2, c, 3}.
  • Example 2: In matrices:
    Intercalation might be used to describe a process where rows or columns from one matrix are inserted into another matrix at regular intervals.

To wrap up, the ⊺ symbol, while not a common sight in everyday mathematics, carries specific implications when seen in particular contexts. Familiarizing oneself with its meaning can aid in comprehending mathematical discussions or literature that leverage this notation.

Mathematical symbol 'Intercalate'

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Codes for the ⊺ Symbol

The Symbol
Alt CodeAlt 8890
HTML Code⊺
HTML Entity⊺
CSS Code\22BA
Hex Code⊺

How To Insert the ⊺ Symbol

(Method 1) Copy and paste the symbol.

The easiest way to get the ⊺ symbol is to copy and paste it into your document.

Bear in mind that this is a UTF-8 encoded character. It must be encoded as UTF-8 at all stages (copying, replacing, editing, pasting), otherwise it will render as random characters or the dreaded �.

(Method 2) Use the "Alt Code."

If you have a keyboard with a numeric pad, you can use this method. Simply hold down the Alt key and type 8890. When you lift the Alt key, the symbol appears. ("Num Lock" must be on.)

(Method 3) Use the HTML Decimal Code (for webpages).

HTML TextOutput
<b>My symbol: &#8890;</b>My symbol: ⊺

(Method 4) Use the HTML Entity Code (for webpages).

HTML TextOutput
<b>My symbol: &intcal;</b>My symbol: ⊺

(Method 5) Use the CSS Code (for webpages).

CSS and HTML TextOutput
span:after {
content: "\22BA";}
<span>My symbol:</span>
My symbol: ⊺

(Method 6) Use the HTML Hex Code (for webpages and HTML canvas).

HTML TextOutput
<b>My symbol: &#x22BA;</b>My symbol: ⊺
On the assumption that you already have your canvas and the context set up, use the Hex code in the format 0x22BA to place the ⊺ symbol on your canvas. For example:
JavaScript Text
const x = "0x"+"E9"
ctx.fillText(String.fromCodePoint(x), 5, 5);

(Method 7) Use the Unicode (for various, e.g. Microsoft Office, JavaScript, Perl).

The Unicode for ⊺ is U+22BA. The important part is the hexadecimal number after the U+, which is used in various formats. For example, in Microsoft Office applications (e.g. Word, PowerPoint), do the following:
[Hold down Alt]
[Press x]

(The 22BA turns into ⊺. Note that you can omit any leading zeros.)
In JavaScript, the syntax is \uXXXX. So, our example would be \u22BA. (Note that the format is 4 hexadecimal characters.)
JavaScript TextOutput
let str = "\u22BA"
document.write("My symbol: " + str)
My symbol: ⊺

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