• WordNet 3.6
    • n Proteus type genus of the Proteidae
    • n Proteus (Greek mythology) a prophetic god who served Poseidon; was capable of changing his shape at will
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Proteus (Zoöl) A changeable protozoan; an amœba.
    • Proteus (Zoöl) A genus of aquatic eel-shaped amphibians found in caves in Austria. They have permanent external gills as well as lungs. The eyes are small and the legs are weak.
    • Proteus (Class. Myth) A sea god in the service of Neptune who assumed different shapes at will. Hence, one who easily changes his appearance or principles.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Proteus In classical mythology, a sea-god, the son of Oceanus and Tethys, who had the power of assuming different shapes.
    • n Proteus [NL.] A genus of tailed amphibians, typical of the family Proteidæ, established by Laurenti in 1768.
    • n Proteus [NL.] In Protozoa, a genus of animalcules, based as such by O. F. Müller in 1786 upon the proteus or protean animalcule of earlier writers, as Rösel, 1755. The genus is the same as Amœba, a common species of which is named Amœba proteus. This generic name is untenable, because antedated in the binomial system by the amphibian genus Proteus of Laurenti, for, although the name proteus was first applied to these animalcules, it was given at a time when genera, in the modern sense of the term, had not been established in zoölogy. See cut under Amœba.
    • n Proteus [lowercase] An animalcule of the genus Proteus (or Amœba); an amœba.
    • n Proteus In bacteriology, an untenable generic name applied by some authors to certain bacteria, especially Bacillus vulgaris and other closely related putrefactive species.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Proteus . See Protean.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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In literature:

Various animals live in these caverns, of which the most celebrated is the 'Proteus,' a creature which has greatly perplexed naturalists.
"Chatterbox, 1905." by Various
From the monad nature passes to the Volvox, Proteus (Amoeba), and Vibrio.
"Lamarck, the Founder of Evolution" by Alpheus Spring Packard
One morning Valentine came to Proteus to tell him that they must for a time be separated, for that he was going to Milan.
"Tales from Shakespeare" by Charles Lamb and Mary Lamb
Sethos II., called "Proteus," who detained Helen and Paris in Egypt (dynasty xix.).
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama" by E. Cobham Brewer
Proteus what should I name?
"The Works of Christopher Marlowe, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Christopher Marlowe
In voice, in countenance, in carriage, almost, it might be said, at moments, in stature, he seemed to be a Proteus.
"Charles Dickens as a Reader" by Charles Kent
Proteus, more familiarly known as "The Old Man of the Sea," was a son of Poseidon, and gifted with prophetic power.
"Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome" by E.M. Berens
Acheloues here relates the surprising changes of Proteus.
"The Metamorphoses of Ovid" by Publius Ovidius Naso
Passion has taken Proteus into strange byways of treachery.
"William Shakespeare" by John Masefield
Vibrio proteus (Finkler and Prior).
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre
But that man can change his country, he can change his tongue, and, Proteus-like, multiply his shapes among mankind.
"Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber" by James Aitken Wylie
The fable of Proteus has a cordial truth.
"Nature" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
But who can bind Proteus, or confine the roving flight of genius?
"Hazlitt on English Literature" by Jacob Zeitlin
It is precisely because Goethe is an elusive Proteus that all doctrines may equally claim him.
"German Problems and Personalities" by Charles Sarolea
In her artistic ideals she is a follower, not of Orpheus, but of Proteus.
"The Book of This and That" by Robert Lynd
Antiquity, which loved perfect allegories, ought to have made the statue of Proteus of sandstone.
"A Flight in Spring" by J. Harris Knowles
They include serpents, lizards, tortoises, frogs, toads, salamanders, the proteus and siren.
"Illustrative Anecdotes of the Animal Kingdom" by Samuel Griswold Goodrich
This sea-god, Proteus, was a most remarkable being.
"In Story-land" by Elizabeth Harrison
I should not have known what might take hold of the other end, whether Proteus or another.
"Cape Cod" by Henry D. Thoreau
Proteus was, indeed, a deathless truth, things changing into one another because they all are one.
"The Promise of Air" by Algernon Blackwood

In news:

Watch Krewes of Proteus and Orpheus .
With Proteus , Bluefin Robotics dives deep for new business.
A company called Proteus Digital Health announced Wednesday that it's received FDA approval for a digital pill.
Proteus Spann, the Mystery Man.
For a movie producer in Hollywood, Proteus Spann certainly appears to care a lot about DC politics.
Since 2006, Spann has given $27,000 to local political campaigns as an individual and through his two production companies, Proteus E2 Productions and Pro2Play.
Proteus Solutions LLC, a joint venture between Standard Textile Co. And Diversey, presented the Proteus ™ Activator Washing System.
Watch Krewes of Proteus and Orpheus.
In Greek mythology, Proteus was a sea god who could change shape at will.
Proteus from Pacific Floor Care.
The Proteus 210E 20-inch auto scrubber from Pacific Floor Care is designed for ease of use, and as a cord-electric model, it removes the need for battery maintenance.
Sir—We compared essential clinical features among Cowden syndrome, another difficult clinical diagnosis, Bannayan-Riley-Ruvalcaba syndrome, and Proteus syndrome.
1 describe a study of nine patients with Proteus syndrome, of whom two had mutations in the PTEN gene.
Erika Andersen is the founding partner of Proteus, a consulting and training firm that focuses on leader readiness.
The Proteus approaches the Global Hawk in a flight test on January 21.

In science:

Proteus: a topology malleable data center network.
Jellyfish: Networking Data Centers Randomly
Because of favorable tra jectories, MBC P/2008 R1 was chosen to be the primary target of a Discovery class NASA mission called Proteus that was proposed in 2010.
Faint moving object detection, and the Low Signal-to-Noise recovery of Main Belt comet P/2008 R1 Garradd
The goal of Proteus is to explore a member of this new class of small bodies in order to provide insight into the distribution of early solar system volatiles and thus advance our understanding of solar system habitability.
Faint moving object detection, and the Low Signal-to-Noise recovery of Main Belt comet P/2008 R1 Garradd
We undertook an intensive recovery effort of Main Belt Comet P/2008 R1 Garradd, in support of the Proteus NASA Discovery mission proposal.
Faint moving object detection, and the Low Signal-to-Noise recovery of Main Belt comet P/2008 R1 Garradd
In the words of Shakespeare’s Duke of Gloucester, it “can add colors to the chamelion/Change shapes with Proteus for advantages” [Henry VI, part III], and out it emerge a host of effective theories at varying length scales.
Review of Theoretical Status: the Long and Short of High Energy Jets