- simple; consisting of or characterized by a single element.
- pertaining to or noting a telecommunications system permitting communication in only one direction at a time.
- Mathematics. a basic geometric element in a Euclidean space, being a line segment in one dimension, a triangle in two dimensions, a tetrahedron in three dimensions, and so on: used in topology and linear programming.
- an apartment having all the rooms on one floor.
Origin of simplex
Related Words for simplexunderlying, rudimentary, straightforward, elemental, fundamental, abecedarian, basal, basic, beginning, clear, easy, essential, facile, initial, introductory, original, plain, prefatory, preliminary, primary
Examples from the Web for simplex
Historical Examples of simplex
Simple, Simplex: without process, armature, or appendage of any kind.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
In many cases the Anglo-Saxon name was a simplex instead of a compound.The Romance of Names
"Simplex munditiis" is the phrase that might be applied to them.Battles of English History
H. B. (Hereford Brooke) George
Simplex munditiis is the phrase that might be applied to them.'A Short History of the Royal Navy 1217 to 1688
You will remember that the day I was at Simplex I took some sketches.An Irishman's Difficulties with the Dutch Language
- permitting the transmission of signals in only one direction in a radio circuit, etcCompare duplex
- linguistics a simple not a compound word
- geometry the most elementary geometric figure in Euclidean space of a given dimension; a line segment in one-dimensional space or a triangle in two-dimensional space
Word Origin for simplex
Word Origin and History for simplex
"characterized by a single part," 1590s, from Latin simplex "single, simple, plain, unmixed, uncompounded," literally "onefold," from PIE root *sem- "one, together" (cf. Latin semper "always," literally "once for all;" Sanskrit sam "together;" see same) + *plac- "-fold," from PIE *plek- "to plait" (see ply (v.1.)). The noun is attested from 1892, "simple uncompounded word."