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COMPLEX

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does complex mean? 

COMPLEX (noun)
  The noun COMPLEX has 4 senses:

1. a conceptual whole made up of complicated and related parts
2. a compound described in terms of the central atom to which other atoms are bound or coordinated
3. (psychoanalysis) a combination of emotions and impulses that have been rejected from awareness but still influence a person's behavior
4. a whole structure (as a building) made up of interconnected or related structures

  Familiarity information: COMPLEX used as a noun is uncommon.


COMPLEX (adjective)
  The adjective COMPLEX has 1 sense:

1. complicated in structure; consisting of interconnected parts

  Familiarity information: COMPLEX used as an adjective is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


COMPLEX (noun)


Sense 1complex [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A conceptual whole made up of complicated and related parts

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

complex; composite

Context example:

the complex of shopping malls, houses, and roads created a new town

Hypernyms ("complex" is a kind of...):

whole (all of something including all its component elements or parts)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "complex"):

hybrid (a composite of mixed origin)

syndrome (a complex of concurrent things)


Sense 2complex [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A compound described in terms of the central atom to which other atoms are bound or coordinated

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances

Synonyms:

coordination compound; complex

Hypernyms ("complex" is a kind of...):

chemical compound; compound ((chemistry) a substance formed by chemical union of two or more elements or ingredients in definite proportion by weight)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "complex"):

hydrochloride (a complex consisting of an organic base in association with hydrogen chloride)


Sense 3complex [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(psychoanalysis) a combination of emotions and impulses that have been rejected from awareness but still influence a person's behavior

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Hypernyms ("complex" is a kind of...):

feeling (the experiencing of affective and emotional states)

Domain category:

analysis; depth psychology; psychoanalysis (a set of techniques for exploring underlying motives and a method of treating various mental disorders; based on the theories of Sigmund Freud)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "complex"):

Oedipal complex; Oedipus complex (a complex of males; desire to possess the mother sexually and to exclude the father; said to be a source of personality disorders if unresolved)

Electra complex (a complex of females; sexual attraction to the father)

inferiority complex (a sense of personal inferiority arising from conflict between the desire to be noticed and the fear of being humiliated)


Sense 4complex [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A whole structure (as a building) made up of interconnected or related structures

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

building complex; complex

Hypernyms ("complex" is a kind of...):

construction; structure (a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "complex"):

college (a complex of buildings in which an institution of higher education is housed)

industrial plant; plant; works (buildings for carrying on industrial labor)

ribbon development (building complex in a continuous row along a road)


COMPLEX (adjective)


Sense 1complex [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Complicated in structure; consisting of interconnected parts

Context examples:

a complex set of variations based on a simple folk melody / a complex mass of diverse laws and customs

Similar:

daedal (complex and ingenious in design or function)

Gordian (extremely intricate; usually in phrase 'Gordian knot')

interlacing; interlinking; interlocking; interwoven (linked or locked closely together as by dovetailing)

intricate (having many complexly arranged elements; elaborate)

labyrinthian; labyrinthine; mazy (resembling a labyrinth in form or complexity)

multifactorial (involving or depending on several factors or causes (especially pertaining to a condition or disease resulting from the interaction of many genes))

multiplex (having many parts or aspects)

compound (consisting of two or more substances or ingredients or elements or parts)

composite (consisting of separate interconnected parts)

complicated (difficult to analyze or understand)

colonial; compound (composed of many distinct individuals united to form a whole or colony)

Byzantine; convoluted; involved; knotty; tangled; tortuous (highly complex or intricate)

analyzable; decomposable (capable of being partitioned)

thickening (becoming more intricate or complex)

Also:

compound (of leaf shapes; of leaves composed of several similar parts or lobes)

difficult; hard (not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure)

Attribute:

complexity; complexness (the quality of being intricate and compounded)

Antonym:

simple (having few parts; not complex or complicated or involved)


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