American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Greek Mythology A sea god who could change his shape at will.
- n. The satellite of Neptune that is sixth in distance from the planet.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In classical mythology, a sea-god, the son of Oceanus and Tethys, who had the power of assuming different shapes.
- n. [NL.] A genus of tailed amphibians, typical of the family Proteidæ, established by Laurenti in 1768.
- n. [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. [lowercase] An animalcule of the genus Proteus (or Amœba); an amœba.
- n. In bacteriology, an untenable generic name applied by some authors to certain bacteria, especially Bacillus vulgaris and other closely related putrefactive species.
- n. A taxonomic genus within the family Enterobacteriaceae — several bacteria responsible for human urinary tract infections.
- n. A taxonomic genus within the family Proteidae — the olm.
- n. Greek mythology A sea god who could change his shape at will.
- n. astronomy The sixth satellite of the planet Neptune
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (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.
- n. 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.
- n. A changeable protozoan; an amœba.
- n. (Greek mythology) a prophetic god who served Poseidon; was capable of changing his shape at will
- n. type genus of the Proteidae
- From Ancient Greek Πρωτεύς. (Wiktionary)
- Latin Prōteus, from Greek. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“When she went to that lady with the ring, she was most glad to find that Silvia utterly rejected the suit of Proteus; and Julia, or the page Sebastian as she was called, entered into conversation with Silvia about Proteus first love, the forsaken lady Julia.”
“She first made out these words, Love-wounded Proteus; and lamenting over these and such like loving words, which she made out though they were all torn asunder, or, she said wounded (the expression Love-wounded Proteus giving her that idea), she talked to these kind words, telling them she would lodge them in her bosom as in a bed, till their wounds were healed, and that she would kiss each several piece, to make amends.”
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“The Proteus Effect These researchers are tapping into what is called the Proteus effect, behavioral alterations in the real world that are triggered by changes in how our bodies appear to us in a virtual world.”
“Surgeon Pavy's angry protests compelled the sending back in the "Proteus" -- paralleling the sending back of Coleburne in the pink -- of one member of the company; and Lieutenant”
“The Proteus is the largest of a fleet of WAM-Vs Wave Adaptive Modular Vessel that MAR has designed.”
“The "diplomat" was a vombis, or what in those same myths Simon had been thinking of earlier was called a Proteus: a creature which could imitate perfectly almost any life-fonn within its size range.”
“The Proteus was a shrinking dot now, smaller, smaller, down to the barest edge of sight.”
“Then, seeing that he could not make us loose our hold, the Ancient One of the Sea, who was called Proteus, ceased in his changes and became as we had seen him first.”
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