What does complex mean?

Definitions for complex
kəmˈplɛks, ˈkɒm plɛks; ˈkɒm plɛkscom·plex

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. complex, compositenoun

    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 compoundnoun

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

  3. complexnoun

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

  4. building complex, complexadjective

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

  5. complexadjective

    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. complexnoun

    A problem.

  2. complexnoun

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

  3. complexnoun

    A psychologically based dislike or fear of a particular thing.

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

  4. complexnoun

    A thunderstorm that forms when two storm fronts collide.

  5. complexnoun

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

  6. complexverb

    To form a complex with another substance

  7. complexadjective

    Made up of multiple parts; intricate or detailed.

  8. complexadjective

    Not simple or straightforward.

  9. complexadjective

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

  10. complexadjective

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. COMPLEXadjective

    Composite; of many parts; not simple; including many particulars

    Etymology: complexus, Latin.

    Ideas made up of several simple ones, I call complex; such as beauty, gratitude, a man, the universe; which though complicated of various simple ideas, or complex ideas made up of simple ones, yet are considered each by itself as one. John Locke.

    A secondary essential mode, called a property, sometimes goes toward making up the essence of a complex being. Isaac Watts.

    With such perfection fram’d,
    Is this complex stupendous scheme of things. James Thomson, Spring.

  2. Complexnoun

    Complication; collection.

    Etymology: from the adjective.

    This parable of the wedding-supper comprehends in it the whole complex of all the blessings and privileges exhibited by the gospel. Robert South, Sermons.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Complexnoun

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

  2. Complexnoun

    involving many parts; complicated; intricate

  3. Complexnoun

    assemblage of related things; collection; complication

  4. 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

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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. Spanish Socialist Pedro Sanchez:

    I am aware of the responsibility I am assuming, of the complex political moment our country is going through and I will rise to all the challenges with humility and dedication, i am willing to modernize and transform the country and to attend to the urgent social issues of the many people who suffer ...inequality.

  2. Pierre Bourdage:

    With this agreement, we hope to build on our MS experience with small molecules and complex generics and ultimately provide patients with expanded access to a (disease-modifying treatment) that healthcare systems may otherwise not be able to provide.

  3. Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber:

    We are faced with a complex investigation with many international implications, the world of football needs to be patient. By its nature, this investigation will take more than the legendary 90 minutes.

  4. Tim Skates:

    More complex and more large-scale products are always reliant on some form of relationship management and negotiation.

  5. Albert Einstein:

    Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex ... it takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction.

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  • Candace Williams
    Candace Williams
    really no complex which is it
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