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.

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    $\begingroup$ It is a terrifying symbol. It looks like the wand of Satan. :D $\endgroup$ – 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 $T_xM$.

  • $\begingroup$ 'Transversal' is a noun; 'transverse' is the corresponding adjective. $\endgroup$ – anomaly Aug 12 '15 at 20:29

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