Trivia

Hard

The Division Symbol Is Formally Known As The?

Pipe
Lozenge
Obelus
Pilcrow
The obelus symbol.
How-To Geek Staff

Answer: Obelus

An obelus is a symbol comprised of two dots separated by a horizontal line, ÷, familiar to most readers as the mathematical symbol for division.

The symbol’s name is derived from the Ancient Greek word for sharpened stick, spit, or pointed pillar (and shares the same root with the word “obelisk”). Historically, the symbol was not always used for division. In ancient manuscripts, it was used as an editor’s mark to indicate passages that were suspected of corruption or spurious inclusion. In slightly modified form (the dagger †), modern usage of the symbol serves to mark a footnote if an asterisk has already been used).

Later, the symbol was used to indicate subtraction and then, in the late 17th century, mathematician Johann Rahn used it in an algebra textbook (Teutsche Algebra) to indicate division. The usage caught on and outside of some areas of Europe (like Norway), the usage has shifted entirely away from subtraction and the symbol now denotes division.

Trivia

Hard

Climate Changes Have Left Which Creature Without Natural Camouflage?

Trivia

Hard

The Large Protrusion That Hangs Off A Turkey’s Forehead Is Called A?

Trivia

Hard

Which Of These Actors Has Appeared In Star Trek, Star Wars, And Doctor Who?

Trivia

Hard

What Gemstone Was Originally, But No Longer, Considered Precious?

Trivia

Hard

Who Coined The Term “Battery” To Describe An Electrical Storage Unit?

Trivia

Hard

The Exhaustion People Feel After Quitting Coffee Is A Result Of Hypersensitivity To?

Trivia

Hard

Which Alien Makes A Subtle Cross-Movie Cameo Appearance In Star Wars: The Phantom Menance?

Trivia

Very Hard

Cromniomancy Is A Form Of Divination That Relies On Reading?

Trivia

Hard

Which Of These Coffee Brewing Methods Was Invented To Speed Up Coffee Preparation?

Trivia

Hard

Which Country Has The Largest Number Of Lost Tribes?