What does complex mean?

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

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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

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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. Alain Bellemare:

    They are still ongoing and progressing. These are complex negotiations and we are working towards a win-win solution.

  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. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer:

    Which isn't a lot. But this primary is just getting started.Both of these things can't be trueTrump's main pitch for reelection is the economy and, while it hasn't lived up to his 2016 campaign promises, he put forward an extremely rosy outlook in his annual budget proposal, released Monday.Just as an example, read from CNN's story about the predicted deficits in Trump's budget compared to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.Both of these things cannot be true:CBO says budget will grow -- The deficit -- the gap between how much the government spends versus how much it takes in -- surpassed $1 trillion for the calendar year in 2019, marking the first time since 2012.That number is only expected to widen even further over the coming decade, reaching a total of $1.7 trillion in 2030, according to the latest projections by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released in late January.White House says budget will shrink -- That's a sharp contrast to the White House's latest blueprint, which projects that the deficit will shrink to $261 billion by 2030. The President's budget assumes that the economy will grow at around 3% annually during that period of time helping to narrow the gap. Those estimates are significantly higher than what most economists anticipated along with the Federal Reserve.Bonus: Read CNN reporter Donna Borak's piece on the White House plan for more tax cuts despite the deficits.Impeachment falloutGiuliani has a channel to Barr -- Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said Rudy Giuliani is giving information regarding his Ukraine conspiracy theories to Attorney General William Barr through some sort of special channel Barr has set up. This is not surprising since Trump clearly lumps his lawyer and the attorney general together. He asked Ukraine's President to be in touch with both of them. But a back channel to the DOJ? This is, um, not how things are supposed to work, writes Elie Honig.Trump weaponizes the presidency -- Read this from Stephen Collinson: (Trump) is completing his project of fashioning the office around his own personality. It's unrestrained, unaccountable, often profane, impervious to outside influence and factual constraints of normal governance. The President has established dominance over his party, his Cabinet and his own media complex. He loosened Congress's constraints by refusing to cooperate with the impeachment probe. The result is that there are very few political constraints on his behavior left.

  4. Royal Canadian Mounted Police:

    This is not as simple as catching the car speeding down the street, this is infinitely more complex and requires a whole new way of doing business.

  5. Perry Brass:

    Realize the complicated specials of what we call the “inferiority complex.” In other words, what, Miss Thing, is so damn special about you to make you feel so specially inferior to any other jerk?

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