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Dictionary Definition

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" [ant: simple]

Noun

1 a conceptual whole made up of complicated and related parts; "the complex of shopping malls, houses, and roads created a new town" [syn: composite]
2 a compound described in terms of the central atom to which other atoms are bound or coordinated [syn: coordination compound]
3 (psychoanalysis) a combination of emotions and impulses that have been rejected from awareness but still influence a person's behavior
4 a whole structure (as a building) made up of interconnected or related structures [syn: building complex]

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English

Etymology

From complexe, from complexus, from com- "with" (combining form of cum) and plex "fold".

Pronunciation

Adjective:
  • AHD: kəmplĕks' or kŏm'plĕks
  • IPA: (RP): /kəmˈplɛks/ or /ˈkɒmplɛks/; (US): /kəmˈplɛks/ or /ˈkɑmplɛks/
  • SAMPA: (RP): /k@m"plEks/ or /"kQmplEks/; (US): /k@m"plEks/ or /"kAmplEks/
Noun:
  • AHD: kŏm'plĕks
  • IPA: (RP): /ˈkɒmplɛks/; (US): /ˈkɑmplɛks/
  • SAMPA: (RP): /"kQmplEks/; (US): /"kAmplEks/

Adjective

complex ( more complex, most complex)
  1. Made up of multiple parts; intricate or detailed.
  2. Not simple or straightforward.
  3. Of a number, of the form a + bi, where a and b are real numbers and i is the square root of −1.
    complex function
  4. A curve, polygon or other figure that crosses or intersects itself.

Synonyms

Antonyms

Translations

intricate
not simple or straightforward
in mathematics
  • Czech: komplexní
  • Finnish: kompleksi- (in compounds)
  • French: complexe
  • Greek: μιγαδικός (migadikós)
  • Japanese: 複素 (in compounds)
  • Polish: zespolony
  • Russian: комплексный
  • Swedish: komplex

Noun

  1. A problem.
  2. A collection of buildings with a common purpose, such as a university or military base.
  3. A psychologically based dislike or fear of a particular thing.
    Jim has a real complex about working for a woman boss.
  4. A thunderstorm that forms when two storm fronts collide.
  5. A structure consisting of a central atom or molecule weakly connected to surrounding atoms or molecules.

Translations

problem See problem
collection of buildings
psychologically based dislike or fear
  • Finnish: kompleksi
  • Polish: kompleks
  • Russian: комплекс
thunderstorm that forms when two storm fronts collide
in chemistry

Verb

to complex
  1. To form a complex with another substance

Translations

  • Italian: complessare

Romanian

Etymology

complexe < complexus

Pronunciation

Adjective

  1. complex

Declension

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Extensive Definition

A complex is a whole that comprehends a number of parts, especially one with interconnected or mutually related parts. It may refer to:
  • Complex (chemistry), also called a "coordination compound" or "metal complex", is a structure consisting of a central atom or molecule weakly connected to surrounding atoms or molecules.
  • Complex (psychology), a group of mental factors that are unconsciously associated by the individual with a particular subject and influence the individual's attitude and behavior.
  • In geology, a complex is an assemblage of different rocks of any age origin that have been folded, intricately mixed, involved, or otherwise complicated, such that the rocks cannot be readily differentiated in mapping.
  • A building complex is a collection of interconnected buildings with a common purpose or which are somehow related.
  • A complex in the taxonomy of biology is a cluster of species so closely related that they intergrade, can interbreed, and are difficult to firmly distinguish except at the extremes of their ranges

Mathematics

Culture

Biology

  • A 'mimicry complex' is a group of organisms involved in mimicry, being made of one or more mimics, models and dupes.
complex in Chinese: 复杂
complex in Danish: Kompleks
complex in German: Komplex
complex in Spanish: Complejo
complex in French: Complexe
complex in Indonesian: Kompleks
complex in Dutch: Complex
complex in Japanese: コンプレックス (曖昧さ回避)
complex in Norwegian: Kompleks
complex in Swedish: Komplex

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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