com·plex /ˈkɑmˌplɛks/ 名詞
複雜 複合 複數
1. Composed of two or more parts; composite; not simple; as, a complex being; a complex idea.
Ideas thus made up of several simple ones put together, I call complex; such as beauty, gratitude, a man, an army, the universe. --Locke.
2. Involving many parts; complicated; intricate.
When the actual motions of the heavens are calculated in the best possible way, the process is difficult and complex. --Whewell.
Complex fraction. See Fraction.
Complex number Math., in the theory of numbers, an expression of the form a + b√-1, when a and b are ordinary integers.
Syn: -- See Intricate.
Com·plex, n. Assemblage of related things; collection; complication.
This parable of the wedding supper comprehends in it the whole complex of all the blessings and privileges exhibited by the gospel. --South.
Complex of lines Geom., all the possible straight lines in space being considered, the entire system of lines which satisfy a single relation constitute a complex; as, all the lines which meet a given curve make up a complex. The lines which satisfy two relations constitute a congruency of lines; as, the entire system of lines, each one of which meets two given surfaces, is a congruency.
adj : 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" [ant: simple]
n 1: a conceptual whole made up of complicated and related parts;
"the complex of shopping malls, houses, and roads
created a new town" [syn: composite]
2: a compound described in terms of the central atom to which
other atoms are bound or coordinated [syn: coordination
3: (psychoanalysis) a combination of emotions and impulses that
have been rejected from awareness but still influence a
4: a whole structure (as a building) made up of interconnected
or related structures [syn: building complex]