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 for complex
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Complex \Com"plex\ (k[o^]m"pl[e^]ks), a. [L. complexus, p. p. of
     complecti to entwine around, comprise; com- + plectere to
     twist, akin to plicare to fold. See Plait, n.]
     1. Composed of two or more parts; composite; not simple; as,
        a complex being; a complex idea.
        [1913 Webster]
              Ideas thus made up of several simple ones put
              together, I call complex; such as beauty, gratitude,
              a man, an army, the universe.         --Locke.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. Involving many parts; complicated; intricate.
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              When the actual motions of the heavens are
              calculated in the best possible way, the process is
              difficult and complex.                --Whewell.
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     Complex fraction. See Fraction.
     Complex number (Math.), in the theory of numbers, an
        expression of the form a + b[root]-1, when a and b are
        ordinary integers.
     Syn: See Intricate.
          [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Complex \Com"plex\, n. [L. complexus]
     Assemblage of related things; collection; complication.
     [1913 Webster]
           This parable of the wedding supper comprehends in it
           the whole complex of all the blessings and privileges
           exhibited by the gospel.                 --South.
     [1913 Webster]
     Complex of lines (Geom.), all the possible straight lines
        in space being considered, the entire system of lines
        which satisfy a single relation constitute a complex; as,
        all the lines which meet a given curve make up a complex.
        The lines which satisfy two relations constitute a
        congruency of lines; as, the entire system of lines, each
        one of which meets two given surfaces, is a congruency.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: complicated in structure; consisting of interconnected
             parts; "a complex set of variations based on a simple
             folk melody"; "a complex mass of diverse laws and
             customs" [ant: simple]
      n 1: a conceptual whole made up of complicated and related
           parts; "the complex of shopping malls, houses, and roads
           created a new town" [syn: complex, composite]
      2: a compound described in terms of the central atom to which
         other atoms are bound or coordinated [syn: complex,
         coordination compound]
      3: (psychoanalysis) a combination of emotions and impulses that
         have been rejected from awareness but still influence a
         person's behavior
      4: a whole structure (as a building) made up of interconnected
         or related structures [syn: building complex, complex]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  211 Moby Thesaurus words for "complex":
     Byzantine, Chinese puzzle, Diana complex, Electra complex,
     Gordian knot, Herculean, Oedipus complex,
     Rube Goldberg contraption, abstruse, acculturation, amalgamated,
     ambiguous, ambivalent, amphibious, arduous, baffling, balled up,
     bewildering, beyond one, blended, brutal, can of worms,
     castration complex, civilization, collectivity, combined,
     complicated, composite, compound, compounded, compulsion,
     confounded, confounding, confused, confusing, conglomerate,
     convoluted, crabbed, cramp, critical, cultural drift, culture,
     culture area, culture center, culture complex, culture conflict,
     culture contact, culture pattern, culture trait, daedal, dappled,
     delicate, demanding, devious, difficile, difficult, distracting,
     disturbing, eclectic, elaborate, embodiment, embrangled, entangled,
     entirety, equivocal, ethos, exacting, fascination, father complex,
     fifty-fifty, fixation, fixed idea, folkways, formidable, fouled up,
     garbled, gordian, hairy, half-and-half, hang-up, hard,
     hard to understand, hard-earned, hard-fought, heterogeneous,
     hypercathexis, idee fixe, implicated, indiscriminate,
     inferiority complex, integer, integration, integrity, intricate,
     involute, involuted, involved, ironic, irresistible impulse,
     jawbreaking, jumbled, jungle, key trait, knot, knotted, knotty,
     laborious, labyrinth, labyrinthian, labyrinthine, loused up,
     many-faceted, many-sided, matted, maze, mazy, mean, meander,
     meandering, medley, mesh, mess, messed up, mingled, miscellaneous,
     mixed, mixed up, mixed-up, monomania, morbid drive, mores,
     mother complex, motley, mucked up, multifaceted, multifarious,
     multinational, multiracial, mysterious, mystifying, no picnic,
     not easy, obfuscated, obscure, obscured, obsession,
     obsessive compulsion, oneness, operose, organic unity,
     overtechnical, parent complex, patchy, perplex, perplexed,
     perplexing, persecution complex, pluralistic, possession,
     preoccupation, prepossession, promiscuous, puzzling, ramified,
     ravel, reticular, rigorous, rough, roundabout, rugged,
     ruling passion, scrambled, screwed up, set with thorns, severe,
     snafu, snake pit, snarl, snarled, society, sophisticated, spiny,
     steep, strenuous, subtle, superiority complex, syncretic, tangle,
     tangled, tangled skein, tangly, thorny, thrown together, tic,
     ticklish, toilsome, totality, tough, trait, trait-complex, tricky,
     twisted, unity, uphill, vague, varied, webwork,
     wheels within wheels, whole, wicked, wilderness

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