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division sign

dih vI zhn saIn
part of speech: noun
definition: a mathematical sign made up of a small horizontal line with one dot above it and one dot below it ( ). It indicates that the number coming before it is to be divided by the number coming after it.
When you see a division sign, you read it with the words "divided by." So, if you see something like 48 12 = 4, you read it like this: "Forty-eight divided by twelve equals four."