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greater than symbolThe "greater than" symbol (>) is used to express a larger value. For example, if (x > 10) means "if X is more than 10." Also called a "right arrow," it is also used to transfer the output of a process. For example, in DOS and Windows, the expression dir *.* > names places the results of the directory listing into a file called NAMES.
In programming, double "greater than" characters (>>) are sometimes used as a right shift symbol, which shifts bits to the right by four bits.
The "greater than" is also used to close HTML and XML tags, while the "less than" (<) symbol is used to begin them, as in the following examples:
<HTML> </HTML> <HEAD> </HEAD> <TR> </TR> <TD> </TD> <B> </B>
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