This sign, or the
Western graph for the number 8 positioned horizontally, is a sign to
denote the idea of infinitely great or infinity, referring to distances or
numbers. Sometimes the concept of infinity in mathematical systems is
expressed by the sign . As far as time is concerned
the most common similar medieval symbol is the snake biting its own
tail, or the empty circle, . It is as if represents a double endlessness or eternity.
Compare with in Group 26 and below in this group, both of which are similar in structure with .
In botany has been used to denote a great number of stamens (more than 20). In meteorology the sign has sometimes been used for heat haze or sun haze.