What is complex?

  • (noun): A conceptual whole made up of complicated and related parts.
    Example: "The complex of shopping malls, houses, and roads created a new town"
    Synonyms: composite
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on complex:

Barbarian - Etymology - Semantics
... He summarizes, "the word barbarian embodies a complex European cultural construct, a generic pejorative term for a 'powerful foreigner with uncouth, uncivilized, nonurban culture who was ... no matter how pejorative, which includes the complex of the notions 'inability to speak Chinese', 'militarily skilled', 'fierce/cruel to enemies', and 'non-Chinese in culture'." However ...
Calabasas, California - Civic Center
... of a Gold LEED certified Civic Center and Library complex ... Located at 100 Civic Center Way, the two building complex is the first municipal-owned and constructed 'green' civic center structure in the state of California ... It is estimated that the complex cost approximately $45,000,000 to complete ...
Eye
... In higher organisms the eye is a complex optical system which collects light from the surrounding environment, regulates its intensity through a diaphragm, focuses it through an adjustable assembly of lenses to form ... have come in ten fundamentally different forms, and 96% of animal species possess a complex optical system ... From more complex eyes, retinal photosensitive ganglion cells send signals along the retinohypothalamic tract to the suprachiasmatic nuclei to effect circadian adjustment ...
Pre-Columbian Era - History - North America - Middle Archaic Period
... in the Lower Mississippi Valley at the Monte Sano site were building complex earthwork mounds to express their religious ceremonies and cosmology ... Watson Brake, a large complex of eleven platform mounds, was constructed beginning in 3400 BCE and added to over 500 years ... This has changed earlier assumptions that complex construction arose only after societies had adopted agriculture, become sedentary, often developed stratified hierarchy, and generally also developed ...
Karnak
... Country Egypt Governorate Luxor Governorate Time zone EST (UTC+2) The Karnak Temple Complex—usually called Karnak ( /kɑːr.næk/)—comprises a vast mix of decayed temples, chapels, pylons, and other buildings ... Building at the complex began in the reign of Sesostris I in the Middle Kingdom and continued into the Ptolemaic period, although most of the extant buildings date from the ... The Karnak complex gives its name to the nearby, and partly surrounded, modern village of el-Karnak, some 2.5 km north of Luxor ...

More definitions of "complex":

  • (adj): Complicated in structure; consisting of interconnected parts.
    Example: "A complex set of variations based on a simple folk melody"; "a complex mass of diverse laws and customs"
  • (noun): A whole structure (as a building) made up of interconnected or related structures.
    Synonyms: building complex
  • (noun): A compound described in terms of the central atom to which other atoms are bound or coordinated.
    Synonyms: coordination compound
  • (noun): (psychoanalysis) a combination of emotions and impulses that have been rejected from awareness but still influence a person's behavior.

Famous quotes containing the word complex:

    By “object” is meant some element in the complex whole that is defined in abstraction from the whole of which it is a distinction.
    John Dewey (1859–1952)

    The human mind is so complex and things are so tangled up with each other that, to explain a blade of straw, one would have to take to pieces an entire universe.... A definition is a sack of flour compressed into a thimble.
    Rémy De Gourmont (1858–1915)

    When distant and unfamiliar and complex things are communicated to great masses of people, the truth suffers a considerable and often a radical distortion. The complex is made over into the simple, the hypothetical into the dogmatic, and the relative into an absolute.
    Walter Lippmann (1889–1974)