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protean

extremely variable; changeable in shape or form, as an amoeba; a versatile actor
Not to be confused with:
protein – plants or animal compounds rich in amino acids required for growth and repair of animal tissue

pro·te·an

 (prō′tē-ən, prō-tē′-)
adj.
1. Readily taking on varied shapes, forms, or meanings.
2. Exhibiting considerable variety or diversity: "He loved to show off his protean talent" (William A. Henry III).

[From Proteus.]

protean

(prəʊˈtiːən; ˈprəʊtɪən)
adj
readily taking on various shapes or forms; variable
[C16: from Proteus]

pro•te•an

(ˈproʊ ti ən, proʊˈti-)

adj.
1. readily assuming different forms or characters; extremely variable.
2. changeable in shape or form, as an ameba.
3. (of an actor) versatile.
4. (cap.) of, pertaining to, or suggestive of Proteus.
[1590–1600]
pro′te•an•ism, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.protean - taking on different forms; "eyes...of that baffling protean grey which is never twice the same"
variable - liable to or capable of change; "rainfall in the tropics is notoriously variable"; "variable winds"; "variable expenses"

protean

adjective changeable, variable, volatile, versatile, temperamental, ever-changing, mercurial, many-sided, mutable, polymorphous, multiform the protean and complex nature of his work

protean

adjective
Having many aspects, uses, or abilities:
Translations
protéovský

protean

[ˈprəʊtɪən] ADJproteico

protean

adj (liter)proteisch (liter)

pro·te·an

n. protéico, que se manifiesta en distintas formas.
References in classic literature ?
But it must not be forgotten that John Barleycorn is protean. As well as to weakness and exhaustion, does he appeal to too much strength, to superabundant vitality, to the ennui of idleness.
Love apart, Malicorne was happy; but this love, which he could not help feeling, he had the strength to conceal with care; persuaded that at the lest relaxing of the ties by which he had bound his Protean female, the demon would overthrow him and laugh at him.
For untold ages, oppressed by protean fear, I am aware of wandering, endlessly wandering, through a dank and soggy wilderness, where poisonous snakes struck at us, and animals roared around us, and the mud quaked under us and sucked at our heels.
But father insisted on pursuing his favorite phantom, and a protean phantom it was, judging from the jobs he worked at.
I only breathed deeply the faint scent of violets, her own particular fragrance enveloping my body, penetrating my very heart with an inconceivable intimacy, bringing me closer to her than the closest embrace, and yet so subtle that I sensed her existence in me only as a great, glowing, indeterminate tenderness, something like the evening light disclosing after the white passion of the day infinite depths in the colours of the sky and an unsuspected soul of peace in the protean forms of life.
But Danny was protean. That was why he was the coming champion.
With the certainty of absolute mastery he causes men and women to live for us, a vast representative group, in all the actual variety of age and station, perfectly realized in all the subtile diversities and inconsistencies of protean human nature.
The eyes themselves were of that baffling protean grey which is never twice the same; which runs through many shades and colourings like intershot silk in sunshine; which is grey, dark and light, and greenish-grey, and sometimes of the clear azure of the deep sea.
That touch of grace, whose help once in life is the privilege of the most undeserving, flung open for him the portals of beyond, and in contemplating there the certitude immaterial and precious he forgot all the meaningless accidents of existence: the bliss of getting, the delight of enjoying; all the protean and enticing forms of the cupidity that rules a material world of foolish joys, of contemptible sorrows.
Tenders are invited for spare parts items: Mini Protean tetra Electrode Assembly (part no 1658037) Bio-Rad, Mini Protean MP4 Clamps 2/pk, cat no 10010745 Bio-Rad
Chris Hilton, chief technology officer at Protean Electric, said, 'Culturally we are an inquisitive organisation, constantly searching for the next big idea or solution, and commercially we need to give our customers, licensees and shareholders confidence in our freedom to operate.
Here, protean career attitudes characterize this new career attitude (Hall, 1976).