IN MATH: 1. n. the function, or rule which produces the "greatest integer less than or equal to the number" operated upon, symbol [x] or sometimes [[x]].

      The greatest integer function is a piece-wise defined function.

If the number is an integer, use that integer.
If the number is not an integer, use the next smaller integer.
Examples: 
number		|	the greatest integer less than or equal to the number
   x		|	  [x]
   4		|	  [4] = 4
   4.4		|	  [4.4] = 4
   -2		|	  [-2] = -2
   -2.3	|	  [-2.3] = -3 

IN ENGLISH: 1. as defined above.

APPLICATIONS:

1. Complete given [x], the greatest integer less than or equal to a number.
a.) [6.2]  
b.) [-6.2]  
2. List an application, use, of this function.  

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