# Greater Than - Definition with Examples

**What is greater than?**

The symbol > is used for comparing numbers and values. The wide open side of the sign always faces to the bigger number, whereas the small end points to the smaller number.

Here, 8 is greater than 5.

Sometimes, values may also be ‘greater than or equal to’. For instance, when comparing the quantity of water that two containers can hold, we may say that the capacity of the containers is greater than or equal to 5 cups.

We use the sign ≥ for greater than or equal to, with the greater quantity on the wide opened side of the symbol.

## Let's sing!

*When comparing numbers and have a doubt,*

*Think of Mr. Alligator’s wide opened snout.*

*Big juicy numbers make his mouth open wide.*

*Small little numbers make him turn to the side.*

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