Cone (category theory)
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 Note: the definitions for cone and cocone are very similar and contrast each other well, see the page cone and cocone compared for the definitions compared side by side
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Definition
Given two objects [ilmath]A[/ilmath], [ilmath]B[/ilmath] in a category [ilmath]\mathscr{C} [/ilmath], a cone^{[1]} is:
 Another object, [ilmath]X[/ilmath] from [ilmath]\mathscr{C} [/ilmath], coupled with two arrows also from [ilmath]\mathscr{C} [/ilmath] as follows:
[ilmath]\xymatrix{ & A\\ X \ar[ur] \ar[dr] & \\ & B}[/ilmath] 
Diagram of a cone 

This is an instance of a wedge (a wedge to [ilmath]A[/ilmath] and [ilmath]B[/ilmath])
See also
 Cocone  another kind of wedge but with arrows from [ilmath]A[/ilmath] to [ilmath]X[/ilmath] and from [ilmath]B[/ilmath] to [ilmath]X[/ilmath] rather than outwards from [ilmath]X[/ilmath]
 Product and coproduct compared  parallel definitions of a product and coproduct, which are special wedges
 A product is a special instance of a cone
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