I want to write the commands `\gtrsim`

or `\gtrapprox`

from the `amsart`

class inline but the symbols look disproportionally big compared to x, y:

```
\documentclass[11pt]{amsart}
\usepackage{amssymb}
\begin{document}
$x\gtrsim y$ or $x\gtrapprox y$
\end{document}
```

I tried `\scriptstyle`

but it looks awful. Is the scaling correct and if no what to do?

## Best Answer

The symbols of package

`amssymb`

for`\gtrsim`

and`\gtrapprox`

are a little larger than in other fonts (e.g.,`MnSymbl`

). The symbols can be shrunk via`\scalebox`

. Small disadvantage: the shrinking also affects the line thickness.The following example scales the symbols to 80% and respects the current math style. Furthermore, the symbol remains centered around the current math axis: