One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Composed of or characterized by a single part or structure.
- ‘Their results on relative power of different family structures for simplex traits confirm our simulation findings.’
- ‘If QTL mapping is performed for a trait measured at a single point, the simplex algorithm, although simple to implement, uses a longer time and, hence, displays no advantage, as compared to the EM algorithm.’
- 1.1 (of a communication system, computer circuit, etc.) only allowing transmission of signals in one direction at a time.
- ‘If two simplex circuits are combined as shown in Figure 3, a third telephone circuit can be obtained over two pairs of wires.’
A simple or uncompounded word.
- ‘A root word is usually called either a simple word or a simplex.’
Late 16th century: from Latin, literally ‘single’, variant of simplus ‘simple’.
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