# What does an "equal" sign with three lines instead of the standard = (2) mean?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by LordJezo, Feb 25, 2003.

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2. ### raptor13 Golden Member

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Equivelency, I believe.

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3. ### Zenmervolt Supermoderator<br>The Garage<br>Elite member

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IIRC, that symbol means, "is defined as".

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4. ### Spyro Diamond Member

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Isn't that congruency?

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5. ### tweakmm Lifer

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are you sure it's not an equal sign with a squigly line above it?

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6. ### Moonbeam Elite Member

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Some equals are more equal than others.

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7. ### ryzmah Senior member

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It's the standard sign for congruency in modular arithmetic, if that's what setting you are in. := is "defined as" in most math software.

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Nope.

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9. ### AvesPKS Diamond Member

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"Identically equal to," if I remember correctly.

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10. ### yoda291 Diamond Member

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it means whatever is on the left will always equal what is on the right I think.

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11. ### Soccer55 Golden Member

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Depending on the context it's either "congruent to" or "identically equal to". It's mainly used as "congruent to" when dealing with modular arithmetic.

-Tom

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Thanks all!

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13. ### konichiwa Lifer

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Maybe like = versus == in programming/scripting?

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14. ### Jzero Lifer

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IT means like REALLY freaking equal.

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15. ### FoBoT No Lifer

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i think that only applies in non-mathematic situations though

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