Definition of division sign in English:

division sign


  • The sign ÷, placed between two numbers showing that the first is to be divided by the second, as in 6 ÷ 3 = 2.

    • ‘The division sign was in Rahn's time known either as the obelus or sometimes the obelisk, from a Greek word meaning a roasting spit.’
    • ‘Change the division sign to a multiplication sign.’
    • ‘Several people have written to tell me that the colon-like division sign is used in elementary education in their country.’
    • ‘In school you might have been taught to use an ‘X’ as the multiplication sign and the horizontal line with two dots as the division sign.’
    • ‘The division sign is never used in scientific formulas.’