• WordNet 3.6
    • n complication the act or process of complicating
    • n complication puzzling complexity
    • n complication a development that complicates a situation "the court's decision had many unforeseen ramifications"
    • n complication a situation or condition that is complex or confused "her coming was a serious complication"
    • n complication any disease or disorder that occurs during the course of (or because of) another disease "bed sores are a common complication in cases of paralysis"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Over 90% of diseases are caused or complicated by stress
    • Complication (Med) A disease or diseases, or adventitious circumstances or conditions, coexistent with and modifying a primary disease, but not necessarily connected with it.
    • Complication The act or process of complicating; the state of being complicated; intricate or confused relation of parts; entanglement; complexity. "A complication of diseases.""Through and beyond these dark complications of the present, the New England founders looked to the great necessities of future times."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Olive oil can help in lowering cholesterol levels and decreasing the risk of heart complications
    • n complication A complex combination or intricate intermingling of things, parts, elements, etc.; especially, a perplexing or incongruous intermixture or combination; a confused complex or complexity: as, a complication of knots in a rope; a complication of ideas, diseases, or misfortunes; the complication of one's affairs with those of another.
    • n complication That which renders complex, involved, or intricate; that which causes difficulty, entanglement, or interference; an involved and troublesome or embarrassing state of affairs.
    • n complication An entwining or infolding; an embrace.
    • n complication In entomology, the manner in which an insect folds its wings when at rest.
    • n complication In biology, a process the reverse of growth or development, by which the heterogeneous tends toward homogeneity. Synonyms Complication, Complexity. These words are rarely used synonymously. Complication commonly implies entanglement resulting either in difficulty of comprehension or in embarrassment; complexity, the multiplicity and not easily recognized relation of parts: as, business complications; the complexity of a machine; the complexity of a question of duty. See intricate.
    • n complication In psychology, the simultaneous association of perceptions or ideas of different senses.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The oldest person to live was Jeanne Louise Calment, she lived for a whopping 122 years until she died of smoking related complications.
    • n Complication an intricate blending or entanglement
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  • Joseph Conrad
    “An artist is a man of action, whether he creates a personality, invents an expedient, or finds the issue of a complicated situation.”
  • J. August Strindberg
    “A man with a so-called character is often a simple piece of mechanism; he has often only one point of view for the extremely complicated relationships of life.”
  • Martha Gellhorn
    Martha Gellhorn
    “I see mysteries and complications wherever I look, and I have never met a steadily logical person.”
  • Ezra Pound
    “Man is an over-complicated organism. If he is doomed to extinction he will die out for want of simplicity.”
  • George Earle Buckle
    George Earle Buckle
    “To simplify complications is the first essential of success.”
  • Confucius
    “Life is really simple, but men insist on making it complicated.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. compliasion,: cf. F. complication,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. com, together, and plicāre, -ātum, to fold.


In literature:

It sure complicated matters, what with old Hooper gunning on my trail, and this partner's daughter shut up behind bars.
"The Killer" by Stewart Edward White
Edmund joined in the opposition of his brethren to this exaction, but his attitude was complicated by his other difficulties.
"The History of England" by T.F. Tout
Its tedious complications are almost a by-word to those who are at all acquainted with the Church history of the period.
"The English Church in the Eighteenth Century" by Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton
Jack was only a very slight complication after all!
"What Timmy Did" by Marie Adelaide Belloc Lowndes
The personnel is nearly as complicated as the material.
"The Navy as a Fighting Machine" by Bradley A. Fiske
Here was a fresh complication, and one that called for instant action.
"The Master of Appleby" by Francis Lynde
Yet it was not an exhausting or complicated task.
"If You're Going to Live in the Country" by Thomas H. Ormsbee and Richmond Huntley
In the perineum, fistulae frequently complicate stricture of the urethra.
"Manual of Surgery" by Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
Complications would arise if Drake brought his plunder home, and timid politicians hoped that he was at the bottom of the sea.
"English Seamen in the Sixteenth Century" by James Anthony Froude
Among infants, also, where very slight complication is required, the sense of humour can be excited by touch.
"History of English Humour, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Alfred Guy Kingan L'Estrange

In poetry:

He could hear Beethoven:
Black yew, white cloud,
The horrific complications.
Finger-traps—a tumult of keys.
"Little Fugue" by Sylvia Plath
Bowed with a sense of sin, I faint
Beneath the complicated load;
Father, attend my deep complaint,
I am Thy creature, Thou my God.
"Bowed With a Sense of Sin" by Augustus Montague Toplady
The sweat of his efforts a rain
Tugging the world to fruit.
The bees found him out,
Molding onto his lips like lies,
Complicating his features.
"Stings" by Sylvia Plath
But he opened out the hinges,
Pushed and pulled the joints and hinges,
Till it looked all squares and oblongs,
Like a complicated figure
In the Second Book of Euclid.
"Hiawatha's Photographing " by Lewis Carroll
O what marvellous Eye, inspecting,
Sees the immeasurable scene;
O what wondrous Hand, directing,
Guides the complicate machine:
Tiring, wandering, lingering never,
Lasting unimpaired for ever!
"Ohne hast und ohne Rast" by John Bowring
We mark the orchards fruited deep,
The flocks of well-contented sheep,
The drowsing kine all corpulent and sated.
We gaze with gladness undisguised,
And thank our stars we're civilised;
Yet long for life a shade less complicated.
"Frankenstein" by C J Dennis

In news:

William Dee Brown, 53, died July 28, 2012 at McKay Dee Hospital of complications of cancer.
Writer-director Jane Campion ( In the Cut, Holy Smoke ) has felt the passion and complications left in its wake, from The Piano to her newest, Bright Star.
Amy LaVere is a perfect example of the kind of artistry that emerges from the depths of all the messiness and complicated stuff of life, of loss and heartache, breakups and member changes.
Fibromyalgia is a complicated condition that has only gained real attention in the last 20 years.
Romney's Cayman Islands holdings complicate tax return debate.
The nature of the disaster also complicated matters.
Left untreated, celiac disease can result in serious complications.
The flag-draped coffin of former US Sen Arlen Specter is taken from Har Zion Temple after his funeral, Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012, in Penn Valley, Pa. Family members say Specter died Sunday of complications from non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Teleflex introduces the WECK EFx Endo fascial closure system which is designed to minimize complications and costs associated with post-operative port-site herniation by providing reproducible, uniform closure.
In Gaza, rise of Hamas military wing complicates reconciliation with Fatah .
Further complicating things, he's Robinson father .
The cause was complications from surgery, according to his family.
Sigler, 28, showed up solo to a Dec 15 Los Angeles screening of It's Complicated.
Soundbars may not sound quite as good as more complicated systems, but they make things a lot simpler.
Tracheoinnominate fistula is a rare complication of tracheostomy that is associated with high rates of morbidity and mortality.

In science:

Description of all phases is sufficiently complicated even for simple examples.
Gibbs and Quantum Discrete Spaces
In discrete quantum gravity there is a simple model , which is explicitely (and rigorously) solvable, where different phases roughly correspond to numerical modelling of more complicated models with spin.
Gibbs and Quantum Discrete Spaces
Thus in euclidean approach li are random variables, satisfying some inequalities, that makes the free measure more complicated.
Gibbs and Quantum Discrete Spaces
Matrix theories Matrix models are can be used for counting maps (and more complicated ob jects) on surfaces.
Gibbs and Quantum Discrete Spaces
However, the transition between survival before reproduction, and death after reproduction was not as sharp in as in the earlier simulations with the more complicated Penna model .
Social Effects in Simple Computer Model of Ageing