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:


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)

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)

What we do is as American as lynch mobs. America has always been a complex place.

-- Jerry Garcia (American Musician)

All living things are gnarly, in that they inevitably do things that are much more complex than one might have expected.

-- Rudy Rucker (American Scientist)

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)

Complex, statistically improbable things are by their nature more difficult to explain than simple, statistically probable things.

-- Richard Dawkins (English Scientist)

I would recommend it to everybody, every now and again you just put a dress on, see what it feels like, because it's, its interesting. A whole complex series of thoughts and feelings assail you as you look at yourself.

-- Tom Wilkinson (British Actor)

If you want to solve very complex problems, you will have to end up letting machines work out a lot of the details for themselves, and in ways that we don't understand what they are doing.

-- Joshua Lederberg (American Scientist)

However, very recently I have come to an understanding that complex music is not necessarily pleasant.

-- Nobuo Uematsu (Japanese Composer)

Motivations are too tangled and complex.

-- Russell Banks (American Author)

We may not imagine how our lives could be more frustrating and complex - but Congress can.

-- Cullen Hightower ( -)

It's still not easy to find roles that offer more complex images of women.

-- Susan Sarandon (American Actress)

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

-- Vladimir Kramnik (Russian Celebrity)

On the other hand, ethnic psychology must always come to the assistance of individual psychology, when the developmental forms of the complex mental processes are in question.

-- Wilhelm Wundt (German Psychologist)

The way to build a complex system that works is to build it from very simple systems that work.

-- Kevin Kelly (American Editor)

The mother-daughter relationship is the most complex.

-- Wynonna Judd (American Musician)

Despite what they tell you, there are simply no moral absolutes in a complex world.

-- Berkeley Breathed (American Cartoonist)

We're all complex human beings, and if some of that complexity shows through, I think it's advantageous for the movie.

-- Jan de Bont (Dutch Director)

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)

A lot of the advertisement is done by saying: first of all, have a complex about who you are.

-- Isabella Rossellini (Italian Actress)

I don't let people use me. That's why I like a small number of people in my life. The more people in my life, the more complex it becomes, so I just try to keep it at a minimum.

-- Anita Baker (American Musician)

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)

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)

The fundamental laws necessary for the mathematical treatment of a large part of physics and the whole of chemistry are thus completely known, and the difficulty lies only in the fact that application of these laws leads to equations that are too complex to be solved.

-- Paul Dirac (British Physicist)

The thing about hip-hop today is it's smart, it's insightful. The way they can communicate a complex message in a very short space is remarkable.

-- Barack Obama (American President)

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)

Over the past decade, prescribing information has grown more and more complex, more and more dense and more difficult to negotiate.

-- Andrew von Eschenbach ( -)

It's a complex fate, being an American, and one of the responsibilities it entails is fighting against a superstitious valuation of Europe.

-- Henry James (American Writer)

Well, I probably, I guess first became aware of the whole, what I call the nuclear complex or weapons work those kinds of things, right out of law school.

-- Tom Udall (American Politician)

A self does not amount to much, but no self is an island; each exists in a fabric of relations that is now more complex and mobile than ever before.

-- Jean-Francois Lyotard ( Philosopher)

In some ways Lester Young is the most complex rhythmically of any musician. He does some things which are just phenomenal.

-- Lee Konitz (American Musician)

The Architect is just one of a series of works which examine the confrontation of innocence and experience, illustrating the complex ethics of power that exist between reader and writer, critic and artist, the human and the divine.

-- John Scott ( -)

Life it is not just a series of calculations and a sum total of statistics, it's about experience, it's about participation, it is something more complex and more interesting than what is obvious.

-- Daniel Libeskind (Polish Architect)

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)

Everything that we are making, we are making more and more complex.

-- Kevin Kelly (American Editor)


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