The multiplication sign is the symbol × (multiplication sign is the preferred Unicode name for the codepoint represented by that glyph). The symbol is similar to the lowercase letter x but is a more symmetric saltire, and has different uses.
In mathematics, the symbol × (read as times, multiplication sign or into sign) is primarily used to denote the
The × symbol for multiplication was introduced by William Oughtred in 1631.^{[1]} It was chosen for religious reason to represent the cross.^{[2]}
In many nonAnglophone countries, the · (middle dot or interpunct) is the primary multiplication sign (instead of ×): “a multiplied by b” is written either explicitly as a·b or implicitly as ab depending on context.
In biology, the multiplication sign is used in a botanical hybrid name, where it is read as cross.
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The × symbol is listed in Unicode letterlike symbols and is U+00D7 in Unicode. It can be invoked in various operating systems as per the table below.
There is a similar character ⨯ at U+2A2F, but this is not always considered identical to U+00D7, as it is intended to explicitly denote the cross product of two vectors.
Apple Macintosh  in Character Palette, search for MULTIPLICATION SIGN^{[3]}^{[4]}^{[5]} 
HTML  × and × 
Microsoft Windows  Alt + 0215
or Alt + +00D7^{[6]} 
Microsoft Word  U+00D7 
OpenOffice.org  unknown 
TeX  \times 
Unicode  U+00D7 
XML  unknown 
