Definition of "complex" []

  • Consisting of interconnected or interwoven parts; composite. (adjective)
  • Composed of two or more units: a complex carbohydrate. (adjective)
  • Involved or intricate, as in structure; complicated. (adjective)
  • Grammar Consisting of at least one bound form. Used of a word. (adjective)
  • Grammar Consisting of an independent clause and at least one other independent or dependent clause. Used of a sentence. (adjective)
  • Made up of various interconnected parts; composite (adjective)

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  • (of thoughts, writing, etc) intricate or involved (adjective)
  • (of a word) containing at least one bound form (adjective)
  • (of a noun phrase) containing both a lexical noun and an embedded clause, as for example the italicized parts of the following sentence: I didn't know the man who served me (adjective)
  • (of a sentence) formed by subordination of one clause to another (adjective)
  • Of or involving one or more complex numbers (adjective)
  • A whole made up of interconnected or related parts (noun)
  • A group of emotional ideas or impulses that have been banished from the conscious mind but that continue to influence a person's behaviour (noun)
  • An obsession or excessive fear (noun)
  • A chemical compound in which molecules, groups, or ions are attached to a central metal atom, esp a transition metal atom, by coordinate bonds (noun)
  • Any chemical compound in which one molecule is linked to another by a coordinate bond (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "complex" in a sentence
  • "Then is Perception, in the prefent way of confidering it, faid to be fimple, when the Objeft of it is fimple, and then complex when the Objeft of it is complex* And fince the intire and ade - quate Objeft of Thought (as will hereafter ap - pear) is cpmprifed within the compafs of Ideas and of their Relations, we may more explicitly fay that then is Perception fimple when it is tlie Contemplation of Ideas only, and then complex when with the Ideas it takes in alfo the Confideration of their Relations and effen - tial Habitudes."
  • "78 Day 4 The variable z so defined has now a real and an imaginary part that can be individually addressed using, respectively, the syntax: __real__ z and __imag__ z Similarly, the next declaration produces a complex variable of 32-bit integer type: __complex__ int x;"
  • "I shuddered a little on encountering the phrase "complex polyvocal, transhistorical schematic.""