What does Complex mean?

Definitions for Complex
kəmˈplɛks, ˈkɒm plɛks; ˈkɒm plɛksCom·plex

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Complex.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. complex, composite(noun)

    a conceptual whole made up of complicated and related parts

    "the complex of shopping malls, houses, and roads created a new town"

  2. complex, coordination compound(noun)

    a compound described in terms of the central atom to which other atoms are bound or coordinated

  3. complex(noun)

    (psychoanalysis) a combination of emotions and impulses that have been rejected from awareness but still influence a person's behavior

  4. building complex, complex(adj)

    a whole structure (as a building) made up of interconnected or related structures

  5. complex(adj)

    complicated in structure; consisting of interconnected parts

    "a complex set of variations based on a simple folk melody"; "a complex mass of diverse laws and customs"


  1. complex(Noun)

    A problem.

  2. complex(Noun)

    A collection of buildings with a common purpose, such as a university or military base.

  3. complex(Noun)

    A psychologically based dislike or fear of a particular thing.

    Jim has a real complex about working for a woman boss.

  4. complex(Noun)

    A thunderstorm that forms when two storm fronts collide.

  5. complex(Noun)

    A structure consisting of a central atom or molecule weakly connected to surrounding atoms or molecules.

  6. complex(Verb)

    To form a complex with another substance

  7. complex(Adjective)

    Made up of multiple parts; intricate or detailed.

  8. complex(Adjective)

    Not simple or straightforward.

  9. complex(Adjective)

    Of a number, of the form a + bi, where a and b are real numbers and i is the square root of 1.

  10. complex(Adjective)

    A curve, polygon or other figure that crosses or intersects itself.

  11. Origin: From complexe, from complexus, past participle of complecti, from com- and plectere. See complect.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Complex(noun)

    composed of two or more parts; composite; not simple; as, a complex being; a complex idea

  2. Complex(noun)

    involving many parts; complicated; intricate

  3. Complex(noun)

    assemblage of related things; collection; complication

  4. Origin: [L. complexus]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Complex

    kom′pleks, adj. composed of more than one, or of many parts: not simple: intricate: difficult.—n. a complex whole.—v.t. to complicate.—ns. Complex′edness, Com′plexness, Complex′ity, state of being complex: complication.—adv. Com′plexly.—n. Complex′us, a complicated system: a large muscle of the back, passing from the spine to the head. [L. complexcom, together, and root of plicāre, to fold. See Complicate.]

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    Rank popularity for the word 'Complex' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1404

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Complex' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2988

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Complex' in Nouns Frequency: #1447

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Complex' in Adjectives Frequency: #169

How to pronounce Complex?

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How to say Complex in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Complex in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Complex in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Complex in a Sentence

  1. Eric Schoomaker:

    Even with a 90 percent satisfaction (rate), you’re going to have some people with very complex problems that are not going to be in that satisfied group.

  2. John Grunsfeld:

    Pluto has turned out to be an extraordinarily complex, interesting world.

  3. Donald Trump:

    I can tell you it's a very complex thing that's going on right now.

  4. Baba Faiz:

    Complex numbers taught me on reasonable philosophy; that you can imagine anything what you don't have in real life.

  5. Jaap Bonjer:

    We only included patients whose cancers had not invaded adjacent organs such as the bladder and ureters, with patients who have larger cancers, it needs to be done open because it's too complex to do laparoscopically.

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