# What Is the Maths Sign for Less Than?

The maths sign for 'less than' is written as <, and should not be confused with >, which is the sign for 'greater than'. One easy way to distinguish between these symbols is to remember that the apex of the sign points to the smaller number. Where one number is much less than another number, two of these signs are employed; for example, 2<< 17,426,733,859,346.55.