Definitions of complex

  1. a whole structure ( as a building) made up of interconnected or related structures
  2. 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"
  3. a conceptual whole made up of complicated and related parts
  4. ( psychoanalysis) a combination of emotions and impulses that have been rejected from awareness but still influence a person's behavior
  5. a compound described in terms of the central atom to which other atoms are bound or coordinated
  6. a conceptual whole made up of complicated and related parts; " the complex of shopping malls, houses, and roads created a new town"
  7. Composed of two or more parts; composite; not simple; as, a complex being; a complex idea.
  8. Involving many parts; complicated; intricate.
  9. Assemblage of related things; collection; complication.
  10. Composed of various parts; involved; intricate; not simple; as, a complex machine.
  11. 1. Anything made up of a number of related parts, noting especially the aggregate of symptoms associated with a certain morbid condition, a syndrome, a symptom- complex. 2. In psychology, all the ideas, feelings, impressions, etc., associated with a given subject. 3. Specifically, in psychoanalysis, an idea or group of ideas associated with a tone of unpleasantness which tends to keep it out of consciousness. 4. Intricate, complicated.
  12. Composed of more than one, or of many parts: not simple: intricate: difficult.
  15. Complicated; of many parts.
  16. Consisting of various parts; complicated; intricate.
  17. Composed of many parts; not simple; complicated; intricate. See Complected.
  18. Intricate; composed of two or more parts or things; not simple; difficult.

Usage examples for complex

  1. The real question is both more complex and also more simple. – Edward Caldwell Moore Outline of the History of Christian Thought Since Kant by Edward Moore
  2. You may get something more complex, but not something higher nor even something different. – Creative Evolution by Henri Bergson
  3. The argument of " A Death in the Desert" is one of the most complex and difficult to follow. – Browning and the Dramatic Monologue by S. S. Curry
  4. Seeing what a complex thing is character, this change therefore cannot be simple. – Thoughts on Religion by George John Romanes
  5. We Germans are well content that the action is not richer and more complex. – Dramatic Technique by George Pierce Baker
  6. The question is so complex a one that it is hardly possible to consider it here, except very briefly. – Monopolies and the People by Charles Whiting Baker
  7. It was too complex for Marcus. – Mezzerow Loves Company by Floyd L. Wallace
  8. And they said that no mystery was too great for you to get to the bottom of it, no riddle too complex for you to find the answer! – Cleek: the Man of the Forty Faces by Thomas W. Hanshew
  9. The problems of the industry are most complex, and the need for sound organization is imperative. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  10. All right, highly confidential, I can do a bit of mind- reading, and especially with animals and birds, whose minds are not as complex as human's. – Man of Many Minds by E. Everett Evans
  11. As he grew older he became rather fond of cats, but the dog complex remained. – Edgar Saltus: The Man by Marie Saltus
  12. I have heard once or twice of late that English poets in the future will set themselves to express emotions more complex and subtle than have ever yet been treated in poetry. – Adventures in Criticism by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  13. He is a man of complex desires. – The Moghul by Thomas Hoover
  14. The goods that a man does in this way are what are meant by good works; and good works in their whole complex are what are meant by charity. – Spiritual Life and the Word of God by Emanuel Swedenborg
  15. The exogamous arrangements of the Brahmans are also very complex. – The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India Volume II by R. V. Russell
  16. The reasons for his hesitation were doubtless complex, and chiefly diplomatic. – Japan: An Attempt at Interpretation by Lafcadio Hearn
  17. That is really a serious question, and it is much more complex than many of those who are prepared to answer it off- hand may be willing to admit. – The Task of Social Hygiene by Havelock Ellis
  18. The part played by food amongst the higher animals is, indeed, extremely complex. – Creative Evolution by Henri Bergson
  19. It has a complex structure, consisting in the main of a transparent form of connective tissue. – Physiology and Hygiene for Secondary Schools by Francis M. Walters, A.M.