# What is the meaning of the symbol $\pitchfork$?

I have seen this symbol in the formulation of this question. There, it is said:

Let $f: X \to Y$ be a smooth map with $f \pitchfork Z$.

I was googling, but I haven't found any answers.

• It is a terrifying symbol. It looks like the wand of Satan. :D – mrs Sep 22 '13 at 13:33

It means transversality. Spesifically, that the image of $f$ is transverse to $Z$. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transversality_%28mathematics%29
Two submanifolds $U$ and $V$ of a manifold $M$ are called transversal at $x\in Z$ if $$T_xU+T_xV=T_xM$$ and simply transversal if they are transversal at all intersection points. Note that the sum is not direct. We identify $T_xU$ and $T_xV$ by the appropriate subspaces of $T_xM$.