complex

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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.

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /kəmˈplɛks/, /ˈkɒm.plɛks/
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  • (US) enPR: kəmplĕks, kŏm'plĕks; IPA(key): /kəmˈplɛks/, /ˈkɑmplɛks/
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complex (comparative more complex, superlative most complex)

  1. Made up of multiple parts; composite; not simple.
    a complex being; a complex idea
    • John Locke
      Ideas thus made up of several simple ones put together, I call complex; such as beauty, gratitude, a man, an army, the universe.
  2. Not simple, easy, or straightforward; complicated.
    • Whewell
      When the actual motions of the heavens are calculated in the best possible way, the process is difficult and complex.
  3. (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
  4. (geometry) A curve, polygon or other figure that crosses or intersects itself.

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complex (plural complexes)

  1. A problem.
  2. A collection of buildings with a common purpose, such as a university or military base.
  3. Assemblage of related things; collection.
    • South
      This parable of the wedding supper comprehends in it the whole complex of all the blessings and privileges exhibited by the gospel.
  4. A psychological dislike or fear of a particular thing.
    Jim has a real complex about working for a woman boss.
  5. A thunderstorm that forms when two storm fronts collide.
  6. (chemistry) A structure consisting of a central atom or molecule weakly connected to surrounding atoms or molecules.
    • 2013 September-October, Katie L. Burke, “In the News”, American Scientist: 
      Oxygen levels on Earth skyrocketed 2.4 billion years ago, when cyanobacteria evolved photosynthesis: [] . The evolutionary precursor of photosynthesis is still under debate, and a new study sheds light. The critical component of the photosynthetic system is the “water-oxidizing complex”, made up of manganese atoms and a calcium atom.

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complex (third-person singular simple present complexes, present participle complexing, simple past and past participle complexed)

  1. (chemistry, intransitive) To form a complex with another substance

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complex m (feminine complexa, masculine plural complexos, feminine plural complexes)

  1. complex

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complex m (plural complexos)

  1. complex

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complex (comparative complexer, superlative meest complex or complext)

  1. complex

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complex n (plural complexen, diminutive complexje n)

  1. complex

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French complexe, from Latin complexus

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complex 4 nom/acc forms

  1. complex

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