X mark

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X mark
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heavy ballot box X  ballot box with X
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An x mark (also known as a cross, x, ex, exmark or into mark[1]) is a mark (x, ×, X, , , , , , etc.) used to indicate the concept of negation (for example "no, this has not been verified" or "no, I don't agree") as well as affirmation (for example in election ballot papers or in x marks the spot). It is often used opposite the check mark or tick (or the O mark used in Korea and Japan).

It is also used as a replacement for a signature for a person who is illiterate and thus cannot write his or her name. Typically, the writing of an X used for this purpose must be witnessed to be valid.

As a verb, to ex (or x , notably one of the shortest English words)[2] off/out or to cross off/out means to add such a mark. It is quite common, especially on printed forms and document, for there to be squares in which to place x marks, or interchangeably checks. In some areas it's common for people to check a square box with a cross rather than a check mark, while in others the check mark (✓) or even a v mark[citation needed] is used. Meanwhile in the United Kingdom, it is increasingly more common for a dot or small circle to be used instead of the traditional x mark[citation needed].

It is also traditionally used on maps to indicate locations, most famously on treasure maps.

Unicode[edit]

Unicode provides various related symbols, including:

Symbol Unicode Codepoint (Hex) Name
U+2717 BALLOT X (cross)
U+2718 HEAVY BALLOT X (bold cross)
U+2610 BALLOT BOX (square)
U+2612 BALLOT BOX WITH X (square with cross)

The x mark is generally rendered with a less symmetrical form than the following cross-shaped mathematical symbols:

Symbol Unicode Codepoint (Hex) Name
× U+00D7 multiplication sign
U+2A2F cross product also known as Gibbs' vector product
U+2716 heavy multiplication sign

SVG[edit]

An x mark within a box

See also[edit]

Mathematics
Subcultures

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Due to its similarity to the multiplication sign.
  2. ^ "Definition of X at Merriam-Webster". Merriam-Webster. Merriam-Webster, Inc. Retrieved 26 February 2014.