JavaScript Built-in Constants NaN


NaN stands for "Not a Number." When a mathematical function or operation in JavaScript cannot return a specific number, it returns the value NaN instead.

It is a property of the global object, and a reference to Number.NaN

window.hasOwnProperty('NaN'); // true
NaN; // NaN

Perhaps confusingly, NaN is still considered a number.

typeof NaN; // 'number'

Don't check for NaN using the equality operator. See isNaN instead.

NaN == NaN  // false
NaN === NaN // false