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

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Famous Quotes Containing Complex:


In debate, one randomly was assigned to one side or the other. This had at least one virtue - it made one see that there was more than one side to these complex issues.

-- Joseph E. Stiglitz (American Economist)

I do write about people who are complex and are striving with something and can't quite get past their own stuff, which would be a proxy for myself because that's what the deal is with me.

-- Eric Bogosian (American Actor)

What I see for the band by the end of this year is the Complex live at the Montreux Jazz Festival. I want my guys to be comfortable. I'm certainly not in this for the money, but I'd really like to see my guys make some money off of this stuff.

-- Jimmy Chamberlin (American Musician)

And the relationships that happen become so intense, deep, involved and complex and really hard to say goodbye to. The hardest part of the show is saying goodbye when it's all done. It really breaks you.

-- Genevieve Gorder (American Designer)

We live in a very complex world.

-- Vinton Cerf (American Inventor)

I played mostly games like Asteroids and Pac-Man. Today, when I go into an arcade, the games are much more difficult and complex. I don't think I could even play some of the video games that are out there today.

-- Brandi Chastain (American Athlete)

This country has a complex about age. It's unbelievable. If you're over thirty, you've had it in this country.

-- Eli Wallach (American Actor)

In complex trains of thought signs are indispensable.

-- George Henry Lewes (English Philosopher)

Actions are always more complex and nuanced than they seem. We have to be willing to wrestle with paradox in pursuing understanding.

-- Harold Evans (British Journalist)

People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.

-- Vince Lombardi (American Coach)

Chess is an infinitely complex game, which one can play in infinitely numerous and varied ways.

-- Vladimir Kramnik (Russian Celebrity)

One of the great mind destroyers of college education is the belief that if it's very complex, it's very profound.

-- Dennis Prager (American Journalist)

An atmosphere of beliefs and conceptions has been formed by the labours and struggles of our forefathers, which enables us to breathe amid the various and complex circumstances of our life.

-- William Kingdon Clifford (English Mathematician)

All of life and human relations have become so incomprehensibly complex that, when you think about it, it becomes terrifying and your heart stands still.

-- Anton Chekhov (Russian Dramatist)

The Connection Machine was the most powerful supercomputer in the world. It is a complex supercomputer and it will take forever to completely describe how it works.

-- Philip Emeagwali ( Scientist)

A garden is a complex of aesthetic and plastic intentions; and the plant is, to a landscape artist, not only a plant - rare, unusual, ordinary or doomed to disappearance - but it is also a color, a shape, a volume or an arabesque in itself.

-- Roberto Burle Marx (Brazilian Environmentalist)

A more complex - but only slightly more original - way to feel out of it is available at the hip and pretentious nightclubs and bars along the Sunset Strip.

-- Merrill Markoe ( Author)

Whatever you think of de Sade, he was a complex figure and we should not look for easy answers with him. He was, strangely perhaps, against the death penalty, and he was never put in prison for murders or anything like that.

-- Philip Kaufman (American Director)

Affirmitive action is extremely complex because it appears in many different forms.

-- Constance Baker Motley (American Activist)

So I developed very early a massive inferiority complex, and I've told the story often about how that inspired me later in life to get involved in other things, because I couldn't out-do my brothers in sports, and it's a very competitive relationship.

-- George J. Mitchell (American Politician)

Simple ideas lie within the reach only of complex minds.

-- Remy de Gourmont (French Novelist)

Our live set's become increasingly complex recently; we've been doing stuff that's been vastly too much information for most people to deal with and I think it's quite interesting watching how people behave in those situations, under those circumstances.

-- Sean Booth (English Musician)

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)

If I were overweight because I ate too much, I would have far more of a complex. I would know if I just stopped eating and showed a little discipline I would be thin. But there's not a hell of a lot I can do about being short. You just gotta run with it.

-- Michael J. Fox (Canadian Actor)

Drug use, within entire teams continues unabated. It is planned and deliberate cheating, with complex methods, sophisticated substances and techniques, and the active complicity of doctors, scientists, team officials and riders. There is nothing accidental about it.

-- Richard Pound (Canadian Businessman)

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)

Specialization is a feature of every complex organization, be it social or natural, a school system, garden, book, or mammalian body.

-- Catharine R. Stimpson ( -)

Roddenberry had created quite a complex and at times mysterious character. Guarded, cautious, careful in showing his feelings in expressing his ideas about many things - I found that very interesting.

-- Patrick Stewart (English Actor)

The results of ethnic psychology constitute, at the same time, our chief source of information regarding the general psychology of the complex mental processes.

-- Wilhelm Wundt (German Psychologist)

You get to a point where it gets very complex, where you have money laundering activities, drug related activities, and terrorist support activities converging at certain points and becoming one.

-- Sibel Edmonds (American Public Servant)

Global conditions are far too complex to be able to imagine that they could ever be really controlled by one power.

-- Ulrich Beck (German Sociologist)

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)

There are things so deep and complex that only intuition can reach it in our stage of development as human beings. And to Poe... well, a great logician could be an enemy to him, what he called conventional world reason.

-- John Astin (American Actor)

The warrior may fight for gold or for an immediate gain, or for something to take home for the winter to feed the family. The soldier is part of a more complex society. He's fighting for a group ethic of some sort.

-- C. J. Cherryh (American Writer)

And with the rape, I was showing why the rape statistics are exaggerated, and saying that date rape was much more complex than the way feminists had portrayed it, as men oppressing women.

-- Warren Farrell (American Writer)


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