The Mathematical Symbol "Very Much Greater-Than (⋙)"

The ⋙ Symbol in Mathematics: Denoting "Very Much Greater-Than"

In the extensive lexicon of mathematical symbols, the ⋙ symbol holds a unique place. It represents "Very Much Greater-Than", indicating a pronounced inequality between two quantities. This article will shed light on the primary uses of the ⋙ symbol, complemented by relevant examples.


The ⋙ symbol, similar to its counterpart ⋘ (Very Much Less-Than), acts as an exaggerated version of the standard greater-than symbol (>). It's used to emphasize that one value isn't merely larger but significantly greater than another. This type of notation becomes particularly handy when the distinction between two values is stark and noteworthy.


  • Example 1: When expressing the dominance of a value over an infinitesimally small amount. Suppose \( M \) represents a massive number, and \( \epsilon \) is an infinitesimally small positive number. This relationship can be expressed as:
    \( M ⋙ \epsilon \)
    Here, the notation accentuates the enormity of \( M \) in comparison to \( \epsilon \).
  • Example 2: In some mathematical contexts or models, it might be necessary to emphasize the considerable magnitude of a specific term \( T \) over another term \( E \). If \( T \) is profoundly larger than \( E \), this relationship can be articulated as:
    \( T ⋙ E \).

To conclude, the ⋙ symbol offers a powerful way to stress considerable inequalities in mathematical notation. Whether it's to spotlight the vastness of a value or to underline a significant discrepancy, the "Very Much Greater-Than" symbol enriches the expressiveness of mathematical statements.

Mathematical symbol 'Very Much Greater-Than'

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Codes for the ⋙ Symbol

The Symbol
Alt CodeAlt 8921
HTML Code⋙
HTML Entity⋙
CSS Code\22D9
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 8921. 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: &#8921;</b>My symbol: ⋙

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

HTML TextOutput
<b>My symbol: &Gg;</b>My symbol: ⋙

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

CSS and HTML TextOutput
span:after {
content: "\22D9";}
<span>My symbol:</span>
My symbol: ⋙

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

HTML TextOutput
<b>My symbol: &#x22D9;</b>My symbol: ⋙
On the assumption that you already have your canvas and the context set up, use the Hex code in the format 0x22D9 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+22D9. 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 22D9 turns into ⋙. Note that you can omit any leading zeros.)
In JavaScript, the syntax is \uXXXX. So, our example would be \u22D9. (Note that the format is 4 hexadecimal characters.)
JavaScript TextOutput
let str = "\u22D9"
document.write("My symbol: " + str)
My symbol: ⋙