Complex fraction
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. [1913 Webster]

When the actual motions of the heavens are calculated in the best possible way, the process is difficult and complex. --Whewell. [1913 Webster]

{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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Complex fraction — Fraction Frac tion, n. [F. fraction, L. fractio a breaking, fr. frangere, fractum, to break. See {Break}.] 1. The act of breaking, or state of being broken, especially by violence. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Neither can the natural body of Christ be… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • complex fraction — n. a fraction with a fraction in its numerator or denominator, or in both …   English World dictionary

  • complex fraction — noun a fraction with fractions in the numerator or denominator • Syn: ↑compound fraction • Hypernyms: ↑fraction * * * noun : a fraction having a fraction or mixed number in the numerator or denominator or in each called also compound fraction * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • complex fraction — fraction which is combined together with a whole number (such as 3 1/2) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • complex fraction — noun Date: 1827 a fraction with a fraction or mixed number in the numerator or denominator or both compare simple fraction …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • complex fraction — Math. a fraction in which the numerator or the denominator or both contain one or more fractions. Also called compound fraction. [1820 30] * * * …   Universalium

  • complex fraction — com′plex frac′tion n. math. a fraction in which the numerator or the denominator or both contain one or more fractions Also called compound fraction • Etymology: 1820–30 …   From formal English to slang

  • complex fraction — /kɒmplɛks ˈfrækʃən/ (say kompleks frakshuhn) noun a fraction expressing a ratio between fractions or mixed numbers, or between a fraction or mixed number and a whole number …   Australian English dictionary

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Complex number — 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; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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