What is complex?

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

Some articles on complex:

Pre-Columbian Era - History - North America - Middle Archaic Period
... 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 ceramics ...
Calabasas, California - Civic Center
... of a Gold LEED certified Civic Center and Library complex ... 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 ...
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 ... is 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/cruel to enemies', and 'non-Chinese in ...
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 ... 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 New Kingdom ... The Karnak complex gives its name to the nearby, and partly surrounded, modern village of el-Karnak, some 2.5 km north of Luxor ...
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 ... 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 ...

More definitions of "complex":

  • (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.
  • (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 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:

    All propaganda or popularization involves a putting of the complex into the simple, but such a move is instantly deconstructive. For if the complex can be put into the simple, then it cannot be as complex as it seemed in the first place; and if the simple can be an adequate medium of such complexity, then it cannot after all be as simple as all that.
    Terry Eagleton (b. 1943)

    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)

    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)