# How do I write tilde in LaTeX?

A tilde symbol is a wavy line ( ~ ) that can be used as a symbol or appears on the head of an alphabet or symbol, $$\tilde{p}$$. You may ask how one can write a tilde symbol in LaTeX? short answer: writing a tilde in LaTeX over a letter can be achieved easily using the command \tilde{symbol} or as a symbol within the text (or math mode) using \textasciitilde (or $\sim$), respectively.

In this post, we will present various methods to include a tilde symbol in our LaTeX document. Let start with a tilde over a letter or a symbol!

## 1. Tilde over letter

A tilde over a letter can be obtained using the command \tilde{letter}, here is an illustrative example:

% Simple tilde over text
\documentclass{article}

\begin{document}

These are alphabets with a tilde symbol, $\tilde{a}$, $\tilde{A}$,
$\tilde{p}$.

\end{document}

compiling this code yields the following output:

$$\text{These are alphabets with a tilde symbol}, \tilde{a}, \tilde{A}, \tilde{p}.$$

However, this command does not change with respect to its content, for example $$\tilde{ab}$$. The next section addresses the wide tilde symbol in LaTeX.

## 2. Long tilde in LaTeX

To remedy the above issue, we can use \widetilde command instead of \tilde{}. Here is an illustrative example:

% wide tilde over text
\documentclass{article}

\begin{document}

These is an expression with a wide tilde over it: $\widetilde{ab}$.

\end{document}

compiling this code yields:

$$\text{These is an expression with a wide tilde over it: } \widetilde{ab}$$

## 3. How to type tilde as a symbol (~) in LaTeX

A tilde in LaTeX is a special symbol that when using it will force a non-breaking space between the left and right text. To create a tilde in LaTeX, we can use one of the following commands:

• Math mode: we can use $\sim$ command
• Text mode: we can use \textasciitilde command or \texttildelow.

$$\text{This is obtained by \sim command: } \sim$$

and here is the tilde symbol obtained by text-mode commands:

At this level, we reached the end of this tutorial, for more LaTeX symbols, check this post !