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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:
Complex \Com"plex\ (k[o^]m"pl[e^]ks), adjective [L. complexus, p. p. of complecti to entwine around, comprise; com- + plectere to twist, akin to plicare to fold. See {Plait}, noun]
1. Composed of two or more parts; composite; not simple; as, a complex being; a complex idea.
Ideas thus made up of several simple ones put together, I call complex; such as beauty, gratitude, a man, an army, the universe. --Locke.
2. Involving many parts; complicated; intricate.
When the actual motions of the heavens are calculated in the best possible way, the process is difficult and complex. --Whewell.
{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.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
noun
1: (mathematics) a number of the form a+bi where a and b are real numbers and i is the square root of -1 [syn: {complex number}, {complex quantity}, {imaginary number}, {imaginary}]
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