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Si·ren

 (sī′rən)
n.
1. Greek Mythology One of a group of sea nymphs who by their sweet singing lured mariners to destruction on the rocks surrounding their island.
2. siren A woman regarded as irresistibly alluring.

[Middle English serein, from Old French sereine; see siren.]

si·ren

 (sī′rən)
n.
1.
a. A device in which compressed air or steam is driven against a rotating perforated disk to create a loud, often wailing sound as a signal or warning.
b. An electronic device producing a similar sound as a signal or warning: a police car siren.
2. Any of several slender aquatic salamanders of the family Sirenidae of eastern North America, having external gills, small forelimbs, and no hind limbs.

[French sirène, from Old French sereine, Siren, from Late Latin Sīrēna, from Latin Sīrēn, from Greek Seirēn.]

siren

(ˈsaɪərən)
n
1. (General Engineering) a device for emitting a loud wailing sound, esp as a warning or signal, typically consisting of a rotating perforated metal drum through which air or steam is passed under pressure
2. (Classical Myth & Legend) (sometimes capital) Greek myth one of several sea nymphs whose seductive singing was believed to lure sailors to destruction on the rocks the nymphs inhabited
3.
a. a woman considered to be dangerously alluring or seductive
b. (as modifier): her siren charms.
4. (Animals) any aquatic eel-like salamander of the North American family Sirenidae, having external gills, no hind limbs, and reduced forelimbs
[C14: from Old French sereine, from Latin sīrēn, from Greek seirēn]

si•ren

(ˈsaɪ rən)

n.
1. (sometimes cap.) any of several supernatural beings in Greek legend who are part woman and part bird and who lure mariners to destruction with seductive singing.
2. a seductively beautiful or charming woman, esp. one who beguiles men.
3. an acoustical device that produces sound by means of a perforated, rotating disk that interrupts a jet of air or steam.
4. an implement of this kind used as a whistle, fog signal, or warning device.
5. any aquatic, eellike salamander of the family Sirenidae, having permanent external gills and no hind limbs.
adj.
6. seductive or tempting, esp. dangerously or harmfully.
[1300–50; Middle English sereyn < Old French sereine < Late Latin Sīrēna, Latin Sīrēn < Greek Seirḗn]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.siren - a sea nymph (part woman and part bird) supposed to lure sailors to destruction on the rocks where the nymphs livedSiren - a sea nymph (part woman and part bird) supposed to lure sailors to destruction on the rocks where the nymphs lived; "Odysseus ordered his crew to plug their ears so they would not hear the Siren's fatal song"
sea nymph - (Greek mythology) a water nymph who was the daughter of Oceanus or Nereus
2.siren - a woman who is considered to be dangerously seductivesiren - a woman who is considered to be dangerously seductive
adult female, woman - an adult female person (as opposed to a man); "the woman kept house while the man hunted"
3.siren - a warning signal that is a loud wailing sound
alarum, warning signal, alarm, alert - an automatic signal (usually a sound) warning of danger
4.siren - an acoustic device producing a loud often wailing sound as a signal or warning
acoustic device - a device for amplifying or transmitting sound
alarm system, warning device, alarm - a device that signals the occurrence of some undesirable event
5.siren - eellike aquatic North American salamander with small forelimbs and no hind limbs; have permanent external gills
salamander - any of various typically terrestrial amphibians that resemble lizards and that return to water only to breed
genus Siren - a genus of Sirenidae

siren

noun
1. alert, warning, signal, alarm It sounds like an air raid siren.
2. seductress, vamp (informal), femme fatale (French), witch, charmer, temptress, Lorelei, Circe She's a voluptuous siren with a husky voice.

siren

noun
A usually unscrupulous woman who seduces or exploits men:
Informal: vamp, witch.
adjective
Translations
siréna
sirene
sireeniseireeni
sirenasiren
sziréna
sírena
サイレン
경적
sirēna
sirena
sirena
siren
เสียงสัญญาณเตือนภัย
còi báo động

siren

[ˈsaɪərən] N (all senses) → sirena f

siren

[ˈsaɪərən] n
(= device) → sirène f
a police siren → une sirène de police
an air-raid siren → une sirène d'alerte aérienne
(MYTHOLOGY)sirène fsiren call siren song nchant m des sirènes

siren

n (all senses) → Sirene f

siren

[ˈsaɪərn] n (all senses) → sirena

siren

(ˈsaiərən) noun
a kind of instrument that gives out a loud hooting noise as a (warning) signal. a factory siren.

siren

صَفَّارَةُ الْإِنْذَار siréna sirene Sirene σειρήνα sirena sireeni sirène sirena sirena サイレン 경적 sirene sirene syrena sirene сирена siren เสียงสัญญาณเตือนภัย siren còi báo động 汽笛
References in classic literature ?
My attention was diverted from this death flurry by a furious yelling, like that of the thing called a siren in our manufacturing towns.
Woman, siren that you are, do you persist in fixing on me that fascinating eye, which reminds me that I ought to blush?
The girl whose light fingers grasped me, whose elfish charming face looked into mine--who, I thought, was betraying an interest in my feelings that she would not have directly avowed,--this warm breathing presence again possessed my senses and imagination like a returning siren melody which had been overpowered for an instant by the roar of threatening waves.
It was a forlorn little jingle; the thick air seemed to pinch it off; and in the pauses Harvey heard the muffled shriek of a liner's siren, and he knew enough of the Banks to know what that meant.
For as to the stage, love is ever matter of comedies, and now and then of tragedies; but in life it doth much mischief; sometimes like a siren, sometimes like a fury.
He listens to the siren voices, yet sails on with unveered helm.
Of course such a marriage was only what Newland was entitled to; but young men are so foolish and incalculable--and some women so ensnaring and unscrupulous--that it was nothing short of a miracle to see one's only son safe past the Siren Isle and in the haven of a blameless domesticity.
Melvilleson, the noted siren, and that her baby is clandestinely conveyed to the Sol's Arms every night to receive its natural nourishment during the entertainments.
Grubb remained regarding his darkened and disheartening shop; he thought of his former landlord and his present landlord, and of the general disgustingness of business in an age which re-echoes to The Bitter Cry of the Middle Class; and then it seemed to him that afar off he heard the twankle, twankle of a banjo, and the voice of a stranded siren singing.
Deep in his life-processes Life itself sang the siren song of its own majesty, ever a-whisper and urgent, counseling him that he could achieve more than other men, win out where they failed, ride to success where they perished.
Romance never sang to him her siren song, and Adventure had never shouted in his sluggish blood.
How many potent, grave and reverent tongues discourse to the popular ear in these siren strains, and how obediently and resignedly this same weary popular ear listens