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"

Wiktionary

  1. complex(Noun)

    A problem.

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

  2. complex(Noun)

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

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

  3. complex(Noun)

    A psychologically based dislike or fear of a particular thing.

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

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

  4. complex(Noun)

    A thunderstorm that forms when two storm fronts collide.

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

  5. complex(Noun)

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

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

  6. complex(Verb)

    To form a complex with another substance

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

  7. complex(Adjective)

    Made up of multiple parts; intricate or detailed.

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

  8. complex(Adjective)

    Not simple or straightforward.

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

  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.

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

  10. complex(Adjective)

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

    Etymology: 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

    Etymology: [L. complexus]

  2. Complex(noun)

    involving many parts; complicated; intricate

    Etymology: [L. complexus]

  3. Complex(noun)

    assemblage of related things; collection; complication

    Etymology: [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.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    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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Numerology

  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. Antonin Artaud:

    The race of prophets is extinct. Europe is becoming set in its ways, slowly embalming itself beneath the wrappings of its borders, its factories, its law-courts and its universities. The frozen Mind cracks between the mineral staves which close upon it. The fault lies with your moldy systems, your logic of 2 + 2 = 4. The fault lies with you, Chancellors, caught in the net of syllogisms. You manufacture engineers, magistrates, doctors, who know nothing of the true mysteries of the body or the cosmic laws of existence. False scholars blind outside this world, philosophers who pretend to reconstruct the mind. The least act of spontaneous creation is a more complex and revealing world than any metaphysics.

  2. Commissioner Michael S. Piwowar:

    The rules will spin a complex web of provisions and requirements for compliance. I fear that many traps for the unwary are hidden in the regulations, creating potential nightmares for small business owners that fail to place regulatory compliance at the top of their business plans, such burdens will spook many small businesses from pursuing crowdfunding as a viable path to raising capital.

  3. Frank Postberg:

    In my opinion the fragments we found are of hydrothermal origin, having been processed inside the hydrothermally active core of Enceladus: in the high pressures and warm temperatures we expect there, it is possible that complex organic molecules can arise.

  4. Craig Stein:

    There isn’t a one-size fits all structure for managers and their investors, it requires complex structuring to make these structures work for different clients. I think everyone will have a slightly different variation on the same theme.

  5. The CEO:

    Investigations are running at full speed, to avoid raising false expectations, we are talking about very complex processes which in part date back a long time.

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