Vertical bar

character; | or ❘

A vertical bar is the glyph "|". It has several other names besides vertical bar, such as "pipe", "vertical slash", and "bar". In mathematics, it may be put on both sides of a real or complex number to mean its absolute value. When applied on both sides of a matrix, it means its determinant. When placed in between two numbers, it means the divisibility relation (for example. ${\displaystyle a\mid b}$ means "a divides b").[1][2]

In mathematics, double vertical bars are also used to refer to various mathematical concepts. These include the parallel relation (as in ${\displaystyle \ell _{1}\parallel \ell _{2}}$) and the norm of a vector (as in ${\displaystyle \|\mathbf {v} \|}$).[1][3]

References

1. "Comprehensive List of Algebra Symbols". Math Vault. 2020-03-25. Retrieved 2020-08-24.
2. Weisstein, Eric W. "Single Bar". mathworld.wolfram.com. Retrieved 2020-08-24.
3. Weisstein, Eric W. "Double Bar". mathworld.wolfram.com. Retrieved 2020-08-24.