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Meaning of COMPLEX

Pronunciation:  [adj]kum'pleks, [n]'kâmpleks, 'kâmpleks

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a whole structure (as a building) made up of interconnected or related structures
  2. [n]  a conceptual whole made up of complicated and related parts
  3. [n]  (psychoanalysis) a combination of emotions and impulses that have been rejected from awareness but still influence a person's behavior
  4. [n]  a compound described in terms of the central atom to which other atoms are bound or coordinated
  5. [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"

COMPLEX is a 7 letter word that starts with C.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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}.
  2. \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.
 Definition: a consistently recurring assemblage of artifacts or traits which may be indicative of a specific set of activities, or a common cultural tradition.
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