equals sign

(also equal sign)

noun

• The symbol =.

• ‘The equals sign in an equation is like a scale: both sides, left and right, must be the same in order for the scale to stay in balance and the equation to be true.’
• ‘This contains the plus, minus and equals signs, but not those for multiplication or division.’
• ‘Dividing by Y on both sides of the equals sign, the following expression for the growth rate is derived.’
• ‘The value of the game is written after the equals sign.’
• ‘Click the equal sign to subtotal each row, then click the Total button to add the subtotals.’
• ‘‘All the instability would stop tomorrow if these terrorists and insurgents stopped,’ he said, drawing an equal sign between the two.’
• ‘The name and value are separated by an equal sign (=), and the value sits inside of double quotation marks.’
• ‘I mean, if there's not an equals sign at the end of the problem, there's not much I can do about it besides offer hugs and words that don't mean anything.’
• ‘Each entry begins with the synonym, varietal, or discredited name in question in normal typeface, followed by an equals sign, then the modern, accepted name in boldface type.’
• ‘I just realized that equal signs do not show up here.’
• ‘The latter thought he had found a remarkable formal similarity between two quite different things; the leap of imagination that allows one to put an equal sign between them didn't come for another century.’
• ‘And, for those of you who keep a record: he's drawn massive equals signs on the back of his hands.’
• ‘Could a child of seven really have understood those symbols - equal signs, powers, brackets - all those magic marks of sums and abstractions?’
• ‘You can also restrict the selection to an exact priority instead of to a given priority and higher with the equals sign (=).’
• ‘Reading from his latest book, the second volume of Great Tales From English History, Robert Lacey tells the fascinating story of Robert Recorde, who introduced the equals sign in 1557.’
• ‘Here the equal sign does not even make an appearance.’