complex[käm pleks′, käm′pleks′; kəm pleks′; for n. always käm′pleks′]
- The definition of complex is complicated or made up of many parts.
- An example of complex is a math problem requiring many steps to solve.
- An example of complex is the design of a spider web.
- A complex is defined as a group of related buildings or housing units.
An example of complex is a series of apartment buildings.
A spider's web is a complex structure.
- consisting of two or more related parts
- not simple; involved or complicated
Origin of complex; from Classical Latin complexus, past participle of complecti, to encircle, embrace ; from com-, with + plectere, to weave: see flax
- a group of interrelated ideas, activities, etc. that form, or are viewed as forming, a single whole
- an assemblage of units, as buildings or roadways, that together form a single, comprehensive group
- an integration of impulses, ideas, and emotions related to a particular object, activity, etc., largely unconscious, but strongly influencing the individual's attitudes and behavior
- popularly an exaggerated dislike or fear
- a. Consisting of interconnected or interwoven parts; composite.b. Composed of two or more units: a complex carbohydrate.
- Difficult to understand for being intricate or involved; complicated.
- Grammar a. Consisting of at least one bound form. Used of a word.b. Consisting of an independent clause and at least one other independent or dependent clause. Used of a sentence.
- A whole composed of interconnected or interwoven parts: a complex of cities and suburbs; the military-industrial complex.
- A building or group of buildings used for a single purpose: a sports complex.
- In psychology, a group of related, often repressed ideas and impulses that compel characteristic or habitual patterns of thought, feelings, and behavior. No longer in scientific use.
- An exaggerated or obsessive concern or fear.
- Medicine The combination of factors, symptoms, or signs of a disease or disorder that forms a syndrome.
Origin of complexLatin complexus, past participle of complectī, to entwine; see complect.
(comparative more complex, superlative most complex)
- Made up of multiple parts; composite; not simple.
- a complex being; a complex idea
- Not simple, easy, or straightforward; complicated.
- (mathematics) Of a number, of the form a + bi, where a and b are real numbers and i is a square root of −1.
- complex function
- (geometry) A curve, polygon or other figure that crosses or intersects itself.
- A problem.
- A collection of buildings with a common purpose, such as a university or military base.
- Assemblage of related things; collection.
- A psychological dislike or fear of a particular thing.
- Jim has a real complex about working for a woman boss.
- A thunderstorm that forms when two storm fronts collide.
- (chemistry) A structure consisting of a central atom or molecule weakly connected to surrounding atoms or molecules.
(third-person singular simple present complexes, present participle complexing, simple past and past participle complexed)
- (chemistry, intransitive) To form a complex with another substance