- $x \divides y$
- $x$ is a divisor (or factor) of $y$
- $x$ divides $y$.
The $\LaTeX$ code for \(x \divides y\) is
x \divides y .
- $x \mid y$
This means $x$ is a divisor of $y$.
The symbol $\mid$ has been (or is in the process of being) superseded by $\divides$, which is becoming increasingly popular since many mathematicians are of the opinion that $\mid$ is overused, and hence a possible cause for confusion.
The $\LaTeX$ code for \(\mid\) is
See Set Theory: Set Difference for an alternative definitions of this symbol.