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:


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)

We are a complex species to observe.

-- Jasmine Guy (American Actress)

The older I get the more wisdom I find in the ancient rule of taking first things first. A process which often reduces the most complex human problem to a manageable proportion.

-- Dwight D. Eisenhower (American President)

If you take a more Darwinian point of view the dynamics of the universe are such that as the universe evolved in time, complex systems arose out of the natural dynamics of the universe.

-- Seth Lloyd (American Educator)

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)

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)

The message here was not about indeterminacy, nor about immediacy, but about the control of sounds right there in your environment, and the process of composition as long-term growth of interests within that sound complex.

-- Tony Conrad ( Artist)

I have a huge ego and a huge inferiority complex at the same time.

-- Barry Gibb (English Musician)

There's no question that photographs communicate more instantly and powerfully than words do, but if you want to communicate a complex concept clearly, you need words, too.

-- Galen Rowell (American Photographer)

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)

In my daily work, I work on very large, complex, distributed systems built out of many Python modules and packages. The focus is very similar to what you find, for example, in Java and, in general, in systems programming languages.

-- Guido van Rossum (Dutch Scientist)

If they had said my writing wasn't good enough, fair enough, that's an opinion. But to say it's too complex is to insult the intelligence of the so-called young.

-- Tanith Lee (British Writer)

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 further the music develops, the more complex the apparatus used by the composer to express his thoughts becomes.

-- Gustav Mahler (Austrian Composer)

The mother-daughter relationship is the most complex.

-- Wynonna Judd (American Musician)

Writing for children is bloody difficult; books for children are as complex as their adult counterparts, and they should therefore be accorded the same respect.

-- Mark Haddon (English Novelist)

Woman are complex creatures.

-- Talib Kweli (American Musician)

Everybody has a world, and that world is completely hidden until we begin to inquire. As soon as we do, that entire world opens to us and yields itself. And you see how full and complex it is.

-- David Guterson (American Author)

Baseball just a came as simple as a ball and bat. Yet, as complex as the American spirit it symbolizes. A sport, a business and sometimes almost even a religion.

-- Ernie Harwell (American Celebrity)

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

-- Kevin Kelly (American Editor)

Clearly, if we'd had the kind of computer graphics capability then that we have now, the Star Gate sequence would be much more complex than flat planes of light and color.

-- Douglas Trumbull (American Director)

It's so much easier to go to the Sony movie complex when you're disabled. You take a great elevator. You get your own little private viewing area. I love it.

-- Michael Zaslow (American Actor)

Some people worry that artificial intelligence will make us feel inferior, but then, anybody in his right mind should have an inferiority complex every time he looks at a flower.

-- Alan Kay (American Scientist)

Evolutionary biologists are not content merely to explain how variation occurs within limits, however. They aspire to answer a much broader question-which is how complex organisms like birds, and flowers, and human beings came into existence in the first place.

-- Phillip E. Johnson (American Educator)

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)

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)

The world has become so complex that the idea of a power in which everything comes together and can be controlled in a centralized way is now erroneous.

-- Ulrich Beck (German Sociologist)

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

-- John B. Keane (Irish Playwright)

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)

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)

In a very complex way, things have improved in the dramatic field. Before you had the good and the bad and you couldn't mingle them. Now it's more ambiguous.

-- Isabelle Huppert (French Actress)

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

-- Vince Lombardi (American Coach)

I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter.

-- Walt Disney (American Cartoonist)

One fine day I discovered that more complex plays really have to be directed.

-- Trevor Nunn (English Director)

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

-- Vladimir Kramnik (Russian Celebrity)


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