What is 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"
    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 ... 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, the above OED entry controverts both ...
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 ... power 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 ...
Karnak
... 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 ... 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 ...
Pre-Columbian Era - History - North America - Middle Archaic Period
... 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 ...
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 ...

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 whole structure (as a building) made up of interconnected or related structures.
    Synonyms: building complex
  • (noun): (psychoanalysis) a combination of emotions and impulses that have been rejected from awareness but still influence a person's behavior.
  • (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

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)

    The money complex is the demonic, and the demonic is God’s ape; the money complex is therefore the heir to and substitute for the religious complex, an attempt to find God in things.
    Norman O. Brown (b. 1913)

    I have met charming people, lots who would be charming if they hadn’t got a complex about the British and everyone has pleasant and cheerful manners and I like most of the American voices. On the other hand I don’t believe they have any God and their hats are frightful. On balance I prefer the Arabs.
    Freya Stark (1893–1993)