What is complex?

  • (noun): (psychoanalysis) a combination of emotions and impulses that have been rejected from awareness but still influence a person's behavior.
    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 ... also no single native word for "foreigner", no matter how pejorative, which includes the complex of the notions 'inability to speak Chinese', 'militarily skilled', 'fierce/cru ...
Eye
... In higher organisms the eye is a complex optical system which collects light from the surrounding environment, regulates its intensity through a ... 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 ...
Calabasas, California - Civic Center
... the City completed construction of a Gold LEED certified Civic Center and Library complex. 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 ...
Pre-Columbian Era - History - North America - Middle Archaic Period
... 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 ...
Karnak
... 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 ... 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":

  • (noun): A compound described in terms of the central atom to which other atoms are bound or coordinated.
    Synonyms: coordination compound
  • (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
  • (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

Famous quotes containing the word complex:

    In the case of all other sciences, arts, skills, and crafts, everyone is convinced that a complex and laborious programme of learning and practice is necessary for competence. Yet when it comes to philosophy, there seems to be a currently prevailing prejudice to the effect that, although not everyone who has eyes and fingers, and is given leather and last, is at once in a position to make shoes, everyone nevertheless immediately understands how to philosophize.
    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770–1831)

    What we do is as American as lynch mobs. America has always been a complex place.
    Jerry Garcia (1942–1995)

    In ordinary speech the words perception and sensation tend to be used interchangeably, but the psychologist distinguishes. Sensations are the items of consciousness—a color, a weight, a texture—that we tend to think of as simple and single. Perceptions are complex affairs that embrace sensation together with other, associated or revived contents of the mind, including emotions.
    Jacques Barzun (b. 1907)