- (of a word) consisting of two parts, at least one of which is a bound form, as childish, which consists of the word child and the bound form -ish.
- complex sentence.
- an arbitrary set of elements of a group.
- a collection of simplexes having specified properties.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- completer set,
- completing the square,
- complex absence,
- complex analysis,
- complex carbohydrate,
- complex conjugate,
- complex fraction
Origin of complex
Examples from the Web for complexly
Staniford complexly raged to see that the anxiety about Hicks had blighted the joy of the day for her.The Lady of the Aroostook|William Dean Howells
These distinctive stories will be found to be complexly interwoven with all the matters discussed in this address.The Evolution of the Dragon|G. Elliot Smith
When wings are present, the fore-wings are small firm elytra, beneath which the delicate hind-wings are complexly folded.
There are indications, however, that the leaves were large and complexly divided.Ancient Plants|Marie C. Stopes
"So it is," said Mrs. Neff, struggling toward him through a sort of panic of complexly moving groups.What Will People Say?|Rupert Hughes
- (of a word) containing at least one bound form
- (of a noun phrase) containing both a lexical noun and an embedded clause, as for example the italicized parts of the following sentence: I didn't know the man who served me
- (of a sentence) formed by subordination of one clause to another
Word Origin for complex
1650s, "composed of parts," from French complexe "complicated, complex, intricate" (17c.), from Latin complexus "surrounding, encompassing," past participle of complecti "to encircle, embrace," in transferred use, "to hold fast, master, comprehend," from com- "with" (see com-) + plectere "to weave, braid, twine, entwine," from PIE *plek-to-, from root *plek- "to plait" (see ply (v.1)). The meaning "not easily analyzed" is first recorded 1715. Complex sentence is attested from 1881.
1650s, "a whole comprised of parts," from complex (adj.). Psychological sense of "connected group of repressed ideas" was established by C.G. Jung, 1907.