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

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  1. LordJezo

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    Equivelency, I believe.
     
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    Zenmervolt Supermoderator<br>The Garage<br>Elite member

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

    ZV
     
  4. Spyro

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    Isn't that congruency?
     
  5. tweakmm

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

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    Some equals are more equal than others.
     
  7. ryzmah

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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.
     
  8. LordJezo

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    Nope.

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    not a

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  9. AvesPKS

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    "Identically equal to," if I remember correctly.
     
  10. yoda291

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    it means whatever is on the left will always equal what is on the right I think.
     
  11. Soccer55

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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
     
  12. LordJezo

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    Thanks all!
     
  13. konichiwa

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    Maybe like = versus == in programming/scripting?
     
  14. Jzero

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    IT means like REALLY freaking equal.
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    i think that only applies in non-mathematic situations though ;)
     
  16. EvilYoda

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    This is right...well, whenever I've seen it used recently, but I have seen it used in other terms too. But this is the one I see most commonly in physics and calc.