Definitions for: Complex


[n] a whole structure (as a building) made up of interconnected or related structures
[n] a conceptual whole made up of complicated and related parts
[n] (psychoanalysis) a combination of emotions and impulses that have been rejected from awareness but still influence a person's behavior
[n] a compound described in terms of the central atom to which other atoms are bound or coordinated
[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"



Webster (1913) Definition: Com"plex, a. [L. complexus, p. p. of complecti to
entwine around, comprise; com- + plectere to twist, akin to
plicare to fold. See Plait, n.]
1. Composed of two or more parts; composite; not simple; as,
a complex being; a complex idea.

Ideas thus made up of several simple ones put
together, I call complex; such as beauty, gratitude,
a man, an army, the universe. --Locke.

2. Involving many parts; complicated; intricate.

When the actual motions of the heavens are
calculated in the best possible way, the process is
difficult and complex. --Whewell.

Complex fraction. See Fraction.

Complex number (Math.), in the theory of numbers, an
expression of the form a + b[root]-1, when a and b are
ordinary integers.

Syn: See Intricate.


Com"plex, n. [L. complexus]
Assemblage of related things; collection; complication.

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

Complex of lines (Geom.), all the possible straight lines
in space being considered, the entire system of lines
which satisfy a single relation constitute a complex; as,
all the lines which meet a given curve make up a complex.
The lines which satisfy two relations constitute a
congruency of lines; as, the entire system of lines, each
one of which meets two given surfaces, is a congruency.

Synonyms: analyzable, building complex, Byzantine, colonial, complicated, composite, composite, compound, convoluted, coordination compound, decomposable, gordian, interlacing, interlinking, interlocking, interwoven, intricate, involved, knotty, labyrinthian, labyrinthine, mazy, multifactorial, multiplex, tangled, thickening, tortuous

Antonyms: simple

See Also: chemical compound, college, compound, construction, difficult, Electra complex, feeling, hard, hybrid, hydrochloride, industrial plant, inferiority complex, Oedipal complex, Oedipus complex, plant, ribbon development, structure, syndrome, whole, works

Related Words for Scrabble or Words With Friends:





Famous Quotes Containing Complex:


In country music the lyric is important and the melodies get a little more complex all the time, and you hear marvelous new singers who are interested in writing and interpreting a lyric and in all form of popular music.

-- Dinah Shore (American Actress)

For to change the norms, the very foci of attention, of a cultural system is a difficult task - far more complex than that of changing an individual's attitudes and interests.

-- James S. Coleman (American Sociologist)

I shall proceed from the simple to the complex. But in war more than in any other subject we must begin by looking at the nature of the whole; for here more than elsewhere the part and the whole must always be thought of together.

-- Karl Von Clausewitz ( Soldier)

A Kerry footballer with an inferiority complex is one who thinks he's just as good as everybody else.

-- John B. Keane (Irish Playwright)

I've had a tough time with Pynchon. I liked him very much when I first read him. I liked him less with each book. He got denser and more complex in a way that didn't really pay off.

-- Leslie Fiedler (American Critic)

We shouldn't have politicians micromanaging this war because it is complex and unconventional.

-- Bill Shuster (American Politician)

The business schools reward difficult complex behavior more than simple behavior, but simple behavior is more effective.

-- Warren Buffett (American Businessman)

After assembly complete, when we have a larger crew on orbit, a more complex vehicle, more laboratories and more robot arms, maybe we'll have room for specialists. But right now we don't.

-- John L. Phillips (American Astronaut)

First, Darwinian theory tells us how a certain amount of diversity in life forms can develop once we have various types of complex living organisms already in existence.

-- Phillip E. Johnson (American Educator)

Some people suggest that the problem is the separation of powers. If you had a parliamentary system, the struggle for power would not result in such complex peace treaties that empower so many different people to pursue so many contradictory aims.

-- James Q. Wilson (American Politician)

Quite often my narrator or protagonist may be a man, but I'm not sure he's the more interesting character, or if the more complex character isn't the woman.

-- Ann Beattie (American Writer)

The issues surrounding illegal immigration are wide-ranging and complex, but there is no question about the need to secure our borders.

-- Roger Wicker (American Politician)

Since natural selection requires a function to select, an irreducibly complex biological system, if there is such a thing, would have to arise as an integrated unit for natural selection to have anything to act on.

-- Michael Behe (American Scientist)

I like analyzing human behavior. It's complex. That's what keeps me going.

-- Julia Stiles (American Actress)

While it is true that Frank had a great sense of humor, he was also very serious about composing music. In reality there are only a handful of skilled players who can play his most complex pieces. It takes a lot of patience to learn and requires a fantastic memory.

-- Dweezil Zappa (American Musician)

Whenever the pressure of our complex city life thins my blood and numbs my brain, I seek relief in the trail; and when I hear the coyote wailing to the yellow dawn, my cares fall from me - I am happy.

-- Hamlin Garland (American Novelist)

Life and people are complex. A writer as an artist doesn't have the personality of a politician. We don't see the world that simply.

-- Joyce Carol Oates (American Novelist)

What I try to do in the book is to trace the chain of relationships running from elementary particles, fundamental building blocks of matter everywhere in the universe, such as quarks, all the way to complex entities, and in particular complex adaptive system like jaguars.

-- Murray Gell-Mann (American Physicist)

We are a complex species to observe.

-- Jasmine Guy (American Actress)

But sequence comparisons simply can't account for the development of complex biochemical systems any more than Darwin's comparison of simple and complex eyes told him how vision worked.

-- Michael Behe (American Scientist)

For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.

-- H. L. Mencken (American Writer)

Lisa understands me. I'm very complex, but I have trouble opening up to people. I tend to keep things to myself. All my life, I've been kind of shy - opening up is always a challenge and Lisa can understand that.

-- Mark-Paul Gosselaar ( -)

To be complex does not mean to be fragmented. This is the paradox and the genius of our Canadian civilization.

-- Adrienne Clarkson (Canadian Journalist)

Since our complex societies are highly susceptible to interferences and accidents, they certainly offer ideal opportunities for a prompt disruption of normal activities.

-- Jurgen Habermas (German Philosopher)

The man of science, like the man of letters, is too apt to view mankind only in the abstract, selecting in his consideration only a single side of our complex and many-sided being.

-- James G. Frazer (Scottish Scientist)

The politicians in this world... have at their command weapons of mass destruction far more complex than their own thinking processes.

-- Charley Reese (American Writer)

When I first began, the technicians, camera and makeup men made me feel so self-conscious that I began to have the biggest inferiority complex about my looks.

-- Jessie Matthews (British Actress)

Some problems are so complex that you have to be highly intelligent and well informed just to be undecided about them.

-- Laurence J. Peter (Canadian Writer)

I think that great poetry is the most interesting and complex use of the poet's language at that point in history, and so it's even more exciting when you read a poet like Yeats, almost 100 years old now, and you think that perhaps no one can really top that.

-- Diane Wakoski (American Poet)

If it had remained always my band, my natural tendency would have been to get more complex and arrange things more and more. That wouldn't necessarily be good for Eddie, or anyone else in the band.

-- Stone Gossard (American Musician)

I wanted to portray very, very dark subject matter and a deceptively complex story in the brightest colours and simplest lines possible to leave the readers reeling.

-- Mark Millar (Scottish Writer)

I like poems that are complex.

-- Peter Davison (British Actor)

There have been times I almost got a persecution complex. I felt like people wouldn't let me grow up. They always saw me as a smiling kid or goofy teenager, no matter how much I'd changed.

-- Rick Schroder (American Actor)

The relationship between the public and the artist is complex and difficult to explain. There is a fine line between using this critical energy creatively and pandering to it.

-- Andy Goldsworthy (British Artist)

I learned more complex ways to manipulate the manipulators, to bring attention to issues about which I felt passionate.

-- Joey Skaggs (American Celebrity)


Try our:
Scrabble Word Finder

Scrabble Cheat

Words With Friends Cheat

Hanging With Friends Cheat

Scramble With Friends Cheat

Ruzzle Cheat