Symbols:Arithmetic and Algebra/Multiplication (Arithmetic)
Times, or multiplied by.
The symbol $\times$ is cumbersome in the context of algebra, and may be confused with the letter $x$.
Its $\LaTeX$ code is
for other uses of this symbol.
It was criticised by Leibniz, on the grounds that it was too similar to the letter $x$.
His preferred notation was $\cdot$, which is now widespread.