The Mathematical Symbol "Much Greater-Than (≫)"

The ≫ Symbol in Mathematics: Much Greater-Than

In the intricate tapestry of mathematical symbols, each plays a pivotal role in articulating complex concepts. Among them, the ≫ symbol, representing "Much Greater-Than", stands out.


The ≫ symbol is used predominantly to signify a potent inequality between two entities, underscoring that one value is not merely greater than, but significantly surpasses the other. This is notably useful in contexts such as asymptotic analysis or when denoting bounds with a vast difference.


  • Example 1: When discussing algorithmic complexity, relations like the following may arise:
    \( 2^n ≫ n^3 \)
    This implies that for sufficiently large values of \( n \), \( 2^n \) grows considerably faster than \( n^3 \).
  • Example 2: In mathematical analysis, to emphasize the preeminence of one term over another, a statement might be:
    \( N ≫ 100 \)
    In this case, \( N \) is not just greater than 100 but is significantly larger, indicating a notable difference in certain computations or contexts.

In summary, the ≫ symbol provides an invaluable tool in mathematical notation to accentuate a marked inequality between two quantities. By highlighting this pronounced difference, it facilitates a deeper understanding of nuanced mathematical statements and relations.

Mathematical symbol 'Much Greater-Than'

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Codes for the ≫ Symbol

The Symbol
Alt CodeAlt 8811
HTML Code≫
HTML Entity≫
CSS Code\226B
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 8811. 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: &#8811;</b>My symbol: ≫

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

HTML TextOutput
<b>My symbol: &Gt;</b>My symbol: ≫

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

CSS and HTML TextOutput
span:after {
content: "\226B";}
<span>My symbol:</span>
My symbol: ≫

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

HTML TextOutput
<b>My symbol: &#x226B;</b>My symbol: ≫
On the assumption that you already have your canvas and the context set up, use the Hex code in the format 0x226B 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+226B. 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 226B turns into ≫. Note that you can omit any leading zeros.)
In JavaScript, the syntax is \uXXXX. So, our example would be \u226B. (Note that the format is 4 hexadecimal characters.)
JavaScript TextOutput
let str = "\u226B"
document.write("My symbol: " + str)
My symbol: ≫