Complex Definition

kəm-plĕks, kŏmplĕks
complexes
adjective
Consisting of two or more related parts.
Webster's New World
Composed of two or more units.
A complex carbohydrate.
American Heritage Medicine
Not simple; involved or complicated.
Webster's New World
Consisting of at least one bound form. Used of a word.
American Heritage
Consisting of an independent clause and at least one other independent or dependent clause. Used of a sentence.
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noun
complexes
A group of interrelated ideas, activities, etc. that form, or are viewed as forming, a single whole.
Webster's New World
A whole composed of interconnected or interwoven parts.
A complex of cities and suburbs; the military-industrial complex.
American Heritage
An assemblage of units, as buildings or roadways, that together form a single, comprehensive group.
Webster's New World
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.
Webster's New World
An exaggerated dislike or fear.
Webster's New World
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verb
(chemistry, intransitive) To form a complex with another substance.
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Other Word Forms of Complex

Noun

Singular:
complex
Plural:
complexes

Origin of Complex

  • From French complexe, from Latin complexus, past participle of complectī (“to entwine, encircle, compass, infold”), from com- (“together”) and plectere (“to weave, braid”). See complect.

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin complexus past participle of complectī to entwine complect

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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