What does complex mean?

Definitions for complexkəmˈplɛks, ˈkɒm plɛks; ˈkɒm plɛks

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.]

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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Medhane Yehdego Mered:

    It is a complex case.

  2. Charles Elder:

    Managing pain is complex.

  3. Ricardo Rouvier:

    It's going to be a complex count.

  4. Spokeswoman Kathryn Hambleton:

    This is a very complex procurement.

  5. Tom Everett:

    There is nothing on earth that complex

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