In math mode, I would like to put a symbol inside another.
Let say I want to put an x inside a V.
I would like x to be in the empty space inside the letter V.
I guess I need to put V in a box, then x in a box too, and strecth/quench/overlap each box.

I look at this thread, How to put a symbol inside a circle arrow?.
I tried the following, but it is not nice looking

\hspace{0.5\wd1} Here is some more text.

latex result

  • Just curious... What do you need that for? Jul 14, 2012 at 15:14

2 Answers 2


This could be a starter using \kern and \raisebox. You may experiment with the dimensions:

\newcommand*{\xV}{{\large V}\kern-0.55em\raisebox{1.4ex}{\tiny x}}

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The \ooalign primitive can be used to overlap symbols horizontally (I've learned at least that much in my time here!), rather than having to use boxes:

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  \ooalign{\Large $V$\cr\hss\raisebox{1.4ex}{\scriptsize $x$}\hss}}%
Here is some more text. \Vx

Vertical adjustment comes from \raisebox{<len>}{<stuff>}, as needed.

  • Why not $\scriptstyle x$? I'd use \hidewidth instead of \hss.
    – egreg
    Jul 14, 2012 at 19:36

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